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13th June 2021

Exeter Fellow Professor Cath Green awarded OBE for services to Science and Public Health

Many congratulations to Senior Research Fellow Professor Cath Green, who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Science and Public Health. The award follows Professor Green’s significant contribution to the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

Professor Catherine Green played a leading role in creating the groundbreaking Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been administered to millions of people around around the world and has saved thousands of lives. The vaccine was the result of a collaborative effort between Oxford University and AstraZeneca. As well as being highly effective in protecting against Covid-19, the vaccine has the advantages of being easy to distribute and administer and relatively inexpensive to manufacture.

Professor Green played a key role developing the vaccine, leading the efforts by the Clinical BioManufacturing Facility in Oxford to begin its production. Professor Green and her team work to transform medical products, designed by scientists at the University, to provide practical solutions, manufacturing them to a high quality to meet the standards of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. They collaborated with the Jenner Institute for Vaccine Research and the Oxford Vaccine Group to design and produce the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

With the goal being to create a vaccine that helps as many people as possible around the world, the vaccine has been made available on a not-for-profit basis during the pandemic.

Professor Green has co-authored a book, with Professor Sarah Gilbert (Professor of Vaccinology in the Nuffield Department of Medicine), about the process of developing the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine at a time of global crisis. The book, Vaxxers, will be published next month. Read more about Vaxxers here.

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