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Vaxxers: A Pioneering Moment in Scientific History

Sarah Gilbert, Catherine Green

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Immunology, Popular science, Life sciences: general issues

The bestselling inside story from the leading scientists who made the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

Chosen as a Book of the Year 2021 by the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Prospect, Guardian and The Times.

'Vaxxers is so good that the book will be read for long after the pandemic is over'
Financial Times

'One of the most epic and pioneering moments in human history'
Sir Jeremy Farrar


The bestselling inside story of a historic moment for science and for humanity.

On 1 January 2020, Professor Sarah Gilbert read an article about four people in China with an illness of unknown cause. Within two weeks, she and her team had designed a new vaccine that would go on to save millions of lives from Covid-19.

Capturing a landmark moment, Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green reveal their story of making the pioneering Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and fighting a pandemic as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. They separate fact from fiction, they explain how they made their highly effective vaccine in record time with the eyes of the world watching, and they give us hope for the future.

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Praise for Vaxxers: A Pioneering Moment in Scientific History

  • This book is a profound success. I have read few that have given me such an immediate, eye-level view of working science - of brilliant, committed, heroic science. - Sunday Times

  • Vaxxers is the amazing tale of a vaccine that has saved so many of our lives. It's a dramatic, page-turning read, and incredibly moving.

  • Moving and awe-inspiring... The story of the decade. - Mail on Sunday

  • Excellent and readable ... Vaxxers is so good that the book will be read for long after the pandemic is over. - Financial Times

  • Urgent and fascinating ... A tale of hard work and victory against steep odds, a unique insight into vaccines generally ... A gripping yarn ... I dare anyone to read this and not come away impressed. - Guardian

  • An enthralling tale of toil, tenacity and triumph ... The world needs all the Sarah Gilberts and Catherine Greens it can get. Just brilliant.

  • Heroes of our time ... Fired by a mission to save the world, these researchers are dedicated, altruistic, and determined ... Let's hope people who have not yet taken up the vaccine read Vaxxers and decide to have the jab. - The Lancet

  • One of the most epic and pioneering moments in human history, comparable to the race to put a man on the moon, the discovery of DNA, or the first ascent of Everest. The Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is a triumph and its creators are life savers.

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Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert is Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at Christ Church. Having devoted her career to developing vaccines against infectious diseases, since January 2020 she has been the Oxford Project Leader for the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Professor Gilbert has over 25 years of experience in the design and early development of new vaccines, and a commitment to increasing public understanding of science. In 2021 she was awarded a Damehood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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