Lead Researcher Of Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Is Testing It On Her Three Kids

Harin - Aug 05, 2020


Lead Researcher Of Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Is Testing It On Her Three Kids

Dr. Sarah Gilbert is so confident about her team’s COVId-19 vaccine that she has decided to put her three kids in the trial.

There are quite a few COVID-19 vaccines being developed at the moment. However, the one attracting the most popularity and appreciation is the one being developed by the Jenner Institute at Oxford University.

The vaccine, called ChAdOx1, is being developed and tested by Dr. Sarah Gilbert and her colleagues. Up until now, it has been showing promising results. Gilbert herself is quite optimistic about the efficacy of the vaccine, saying that she is 80% sure that it will protect people from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Covid 19 Vaccine
Gilbert herself is quite optimistic about the efficacy of the vaccine.

When we read about a new vaccine, we know that volunteers have to go under trials to test the safety of the vaccine. And things can go wrong. However, Dr. Gilbert is so confident about her team’s COVID-19 vaccine that she has decided to put her three kids in the trial.

Her three 21-year old triplets are also studying biochemistry. The decision of her kids to take part in the trial has been revealed by Gilbert in an interview with Bloomberg. Gilbert said that the family didn’t really discuss this as she was rarely at home.

Dr Sarah Gilbert
Dr. Gilbert is so confident about her team’s COVID-19 vaccine.

She also emphasized that the most important thing right now is to provide the vaccine to the masses. She also shared that after the trials, her kids were still safe and didn’t experience any adverse effects.

The researchers at Oxford have collaborated with AstraZeneca to mass-produce the vaccine once everything is done. In India, Serum Institute is in charge of manufacturing and distributing the vaccine under the name Covishield. Once Phase III is complete, the vaccine will officially be launched in the country by November. People will be vaccinated as early as December.

>>> Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Begins Phase II, Successful Vaccine Ready Soon?

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