Sarah Gilbert on how her team is making the Oxford coronavirus vaccine


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Sarah Gilbert is professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford, leading its research on flu vaccines and emerging pathogens

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Last week was a big one for Sarah Gilbert at the University of Oxford, leader of the team that created the “Oxford vaccine”, a front runner in the race for a coronavirus vaccine. On 20 July, her team published results showing that the vaccine produces the desired immune responses in people.

Gilbert says she took a moment to pause ahead of the announcement – she had most of the day before, a Sunday, off.

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