The vaccine rollout has been one of the most successful elements of the government's Covid-19 response – with one of our readers saying in a letter today that Boris Johnson and his ministers are taking far too much credit for the work of Prof Gilbert, her team and others around the world.
There is no doubt that the work undertaken by Prof Gilbert and her colleagues is impressive – using an approach known as “plug-and-play” where specific genetic material for a virus like Covid-19 is added to an already-prepared “base”. It meant that there was a vaccine ready to start clinical trials in less than 100 days. But what I found most interesting about the interview – conducted with the BBC – was what would be coming next now that “plug-and-play” is in use.
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