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Imperial Q&A: Developing a COVID-19 vaccine

Go behind the scenes of developing vaccine against COVID-19, with the researchers that are in the process of creating one.

  • Wednesday 5th August 2020 12:30 (45 mins)
  • Live Stream
  • Influence


Since the outbreak at the end of 2019, the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has spread rapidly around the world and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths. One of the reasons it has been so harmful is that it is a new virus, and people had no immunity against it.

Researchers have been working hard to develop a vaccine that will protect us against the virus and that can be distributed at low cost. Professor Robin Shattock and his team have developed a prototype vaccine is different from traditional vaccines. It’s cheap, highly scalable and has the potential to deliver many effective doses next year, should the current human trials succeed.

But how does this work? How is it different from a normal vaccine? When might we see results? And what’s it been like working on COVID-19?

Join COVID-19 vaccine researchers Dr Anna Blakney and Dr Paul McKay to go behind the scenes and ask your questions directly.

How does the Q&A work?

  • It’s free and open to everyone
  • Please click the green button to register via Eventbrite
  • The session will be streamed live on YouTube. You will be sent the YouTube link before the event after registering via Eventbrite
  • We’ll start with some introductions and a bit of background on what our researchers are working on before moving quickly into answering your questions
  • We will be taking questions in the YouTube comments, or if you’d prefer, you can share your questions in advance via the discussion section below or by emailing them to [email protected]
  • You can ask as many questions as you like and we will get through as many as possible

When and where?

Wednesday 5 August
12:30-13:15 BST

This is a free online event.

Q&A: Developing a COVID-19 vaccine LIVESTREAM

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About our speakers

Dr Anna Blakney

Anna is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow focusing on the development of a self-amplifying RNA vaccine for COVID-19.

Anna is specifically looking at engineering both the RNA – the virus’s genetic code – and the way it’s delivered into our cells to improve our body’s immune response to the vaccine.

Dr Paul McKay

Paul is a Senior Researcher Fellow, working primarily on the development of new vaccine candidates, how we optimise immunisation and the assessment of how effective prototype vaccines are.

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