According to Airfinity data company, the vaccine “is almost certain to have saved more lives than any other”. It is destined for accelerated rollout throughout the developing world.

This is the remarkable achievement of Irish scientist Prof Tess Lambe, who with Prof Sarah Gilbert and a team at the University of Oxford, co-designed the AZD1222 vaccine.

According to Airfinity data company, the vaccine “is almost certain to have saved more lives than any other”. It is destined for accelerated rollout throughout the developing world.

Lambe was awarded an honorary OBE in the Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honours this year, marking her contribution to science and public health. All told, a great year in spite of Covid-19. And it is about to get even better; she is to follow eminent scientists in delivering a Royal Institution Christmas lecture on Thursday. It will be broadcast on BBC Four television (on Thursday, December 30th) at 8pm.

This year is a deep dive into the science of vaccines. “They weren’t seen as being very exciting… now we seem to think they’re really cool,” Lambe explains.

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