As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic , it is becoming increasingly apparent to every country that rapid mass vaccination is the only sure way to stop the virus in its tracks. Yet, as we debate issues like vaccine inequality and vaccine nationalism, we tend somewhat to neglect the science bit, the creation of the vaccines, which happens to be the only positive element in the discourse about the pandemic. Indeed, the speed with which the vaccines to fight COVID-19 have been invented and tested is unparalleled in the history of medical science. And one interesting fact about this stunning feat of science is that several women have led it from the front. These women of science have emerged as role models in a field of human endeavour that is still perceived as 'masculine' and is dominated by men in leading positions. Sarah Gilbert at the University of Oxford led the creation of AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria (known in India as Covishield). In the same league we have K. Sumathy , who steered the team behind Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. Hanneke Schuitemaker , a Dutch virologist, guided the development of Janssen by Johnson & Johnson. Elena Smolyarchuk at Sechenov University… Read full this story
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