The biotechnology that made the world safer

Two years ago today, Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive an approved Covid-19 vaccine. The race to develop vaccines involved thousands of scientists across the world

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It’s been two years since the first Covid-19 vaccine was given to 91-year-old Margaret Keenan, from Coventry in the UK, in December 2020 –  a huge milestone in the global battle to control the deadly, fast-spreading virus. Identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, it was China’s publication of the virus’ DNA structure in January 2020 that triggered the dramatic race to produce a safe, useable vaccine.

Just 11 months later, collaboration between pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and governments, saw effective, Covid-preventing vaccines become a game-changing reality. The battle against Covid-19 may not be over yet, but thanks to amazing advances in science the world is now armed with ways to combat this menace.

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