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Vaxxers: The Inside Story of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus Paperback – 13 July 2021
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What an enthralling tale of toil, tenacity and triumph this is. The authors' intelligence, idealism and sheer, bloody-minded grit shine through. The world needs all the Sarah Gilberts and Catherine Greens it can get. Just brilliant. -- Rachel Clarke
Moving and awe-inspiring... The story of the decade ― Mail on Sunday
Excellent and readable ... Vaccine production has never been explained more clearly... Green writes movingly about the difficult intersection between work and home life... Vaxxers is so good that the book will be read for long after the pandemic is over, as a vivid account of research in action and the way individuals respond in the face of a scientific emergency. ― Financial Times
Vaxxers can be read as much as a manifesto for the importance of good science communication and an antidote to anti-vax conspiracy theories as a biomedical thriller. ― Observer
Urgent and fascinating ... A tale of hard work and victory against steep odds, a unique insight into vaccines generally ... A gripping yarn ... I especially loved the book's personal moments ... I dare anyone to read this and not come away impressed. ― Guardian
A most accessible read... A personal story of one of the most epic moments in human history, perfectly capturing how scientific discovery on this scale is rarely a Eureka moment for a lone genius. As a grateful recipient of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, I take my hat off in thanks to these remarkable women.― Irish Times
This is 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. Science is the exit strategy, as long as we make that science equitably available to the world - as all the incredible people behind the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine always intended - truly the "People's Vaccine". -- Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust
An extraordinary story with a remarkable beginning and an astonishing denouement ― Observer
One of the most extraordinary stories in the history of medicine -- Matt D'Ancona
[Sarah Gilbert] has been the adult in the room and the accidental leadership figure the moment demands, embodying the competence, command of the detail, vision and, crucially, hope, that people have needed to see. ― New Statesman
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton; 1st edition (13 July 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529369878
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529369878
- Dimensions : 15.2 x 3.2 x 23.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I bought this book the day I received my second dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and could not put it down until I finished it. Thank you Sarah and Cath for your amazing efforts to save all our lives during this dreadful time and thank you for somehow finding the time to tell us how you did it. We must never forget what they and everyone else involved has done for us all.
Scientifically based evidence that is reassuring and accurate.
I am fully vaccinated although I did have some concerns particularly around the speed it was developed. I was a believer of needing a minimum of 5 years of trials. This book not only explained why the vaccine could be done so quickly but was extremely reassuring in its common sense approach.
Unfortunately i don't think the 'right' people will read this book - the antivaxxers or conspiracy theorists. I just hope those that are still unsure will read this and gain some confidence.
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There's plenty of character here, it's not remotely a dry read. I found it quite emotional at times, and laughed at others.
A great insight into a year in the life of two scientists who, along with their many colleagues, we have so much to thank for. An effective vaccine, cheap enough to vaccinate the world.
Totally in awe of their hard work and determination.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 July 2021