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Going Viral - The Podcast

Jan 29, 2021

On New Year’s Eve 2020, Mark took his mum to St Charles’s Hospital in London’s North Kensington to get a shot of the new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, almost a year after the coronavirus had emerged in Wuhan. It’s the science story of the century - how successful vaccines against Covid-19 have been created in under a year. Mark explores how they did it so quickly with Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute in Oxford behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. And against the backdrop of global vaccine hesitancy, and as Covid-19 cases surge in Britain’s second wave, Mark speaks to Peter Openshaw from Imperial College London about the magic of vaccines.

Hosted by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum


Professor Adrian Hill, Lakshmi Mittal and Family Professorship of Vaccinology; Director of the Jenner Institute; Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Vaccines; Fellow of Magdalen College.

Peter Openshaw Professor of Experimental Medicine at Imperial College at Imperial College, London. / @p_openshaw

Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg

Cover art by Patrick Blower

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