On Thursday, the first volunteers received injections as part of Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccination trial. Government health experts have warned a vaccine is unlikely to be available this year, but the new trial raises hopes a cure for the killer pandemic could be available for public use as early as September. Professor of vaccinology at the Jenner Institute, Sarah Gilbert, who led the pre-clinical research, said she has a “high degree of confidence” in the vaccine being successful and ultimately trialed.
But Dr Emily Cousens, who researches at Oxford Brooke’s but teaches at the University of Oxford, wrote in the Huffington Post: “The race is on and researchers at Oxford are doing vital, life-saving work. But races have winners and losers.
“If my university is the first to develop the vaccine, I’m worried that it will be used as it has been in the past, to fulfil its political, patriotic function as proof of British excellence.
“The story will be clear: China, once again, has unleashed a threat to civilisation. But the best brains of the UK have saved the world.”
Dr Cousens also took aim at Boris Johnson’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, lashing out at the Government’s response to the pandemic.
Britons have hit back at comments from Dr Emily Cousens over a possible coronavirus vaccine
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She admitted fearing a breakthrough vaccine would be a cause of celebration and the country would forget the “devastating” mistakes made by the Prime Minister’s top team.
Reacting to the story from Express.co.uk on Facebook, Damian Davies raged: “What an utter buffoon she is!
“Finding a vaccine is a priority no matter who finds it so lives can be saved.
Boris Johnson also came in for criticism from Dr Emily Cousens
“She excels in her field and should do all she can and leave the politics at the door as it isn’t her field or job.
“The world wants a cure and not just the UK. If anything it is the pharmaceutical companies who will profit as always from the funded research that allows universities to excel with the UK and world governments and people made to pay them to receive the vaccine.”
Colin Wares said: “The saying ‘mad professor’ is not a joke.
“They fill their brains with so much useless info that it destroys the cells of rational behaviour. She must be a massive embarrassment to her ‘sane’ colleagues.”
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Hendrik Willem Kramer wrote: “What kind of reasoning is that?
“Is it not about the wellbeing and survival of the human species?
“Politics and all that c**p are secondary in a time like this! Get the priorities right professor!”
Tony England ridiculed the professor, and said: “Is it in the air or could it be something in the water?
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“Maybe this virus has a side effect that we don’t yet know about, but something has definitely caused a severe outbreak of hyper stupidity.
“There seems to be more and more of it about every day. My brain hurts.”
More than 70 vaccinations are currently in development throughout the world, as the international community desperately searches for a solution to destroy the killer coronavirus pandemic.
Just four countries – the UK, US, China and Germany – have made sufficient progress so far in the search for a vaccine and progressed them to clinical trials.
Matt Hancock said he was ‘very proud’ Oxford University had made such rapid progress with a vaccine
Earlier this week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “very proud” Oxford University had made such quick progress.
He added the UK had “put more money than any other country into the global search for a vaccine”.
The global death toll is edging closer to 200,000 fatalities, with more than 2.7 million COVID-19 infections across some 200 countries.
The UK, despite its small size compared to other countries, has the fifth highest death toll at nearly 19,000, with almost 140,000 infections.
Published at Fri, 24 Apr 2020 13:52:00 +0000