A WOMAN raised and educated in Kilcullen is at the forefront of development of a vaccine against COVID-19.
Teresa Lambe, an associate professor at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, is a former student at Cross and Passion College and formerly from Nicholastown where her parents still live.
After earning a PhD in Cell Biology Teresa went to Oxford in 2001 for post-doctoral studies. She now specialises in vaccine development and has worked on Ebola, Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, Nipah virus and MERS.
Teresa’s full story is told by one of her former teachers, Noel Clare, in the March issue of The Bridge, now on sale in the usual outlets.
The vaccine for Covid-19 is at an advanced stage and is at its second phase of testing. Pre-clinical vaccine for the current virus has been made already.
“We are in conversations with the regulatory bodies to ensure the vaccine gets tested as quickly as possible,” Teresa told The Bridge. “We are hoping to have a small scale, Phase I trial in the summer (20-120 people). With large-scale manufacture of vaccine thereafter, it is only at this stage, with generation of a million doses or more, will we consider we’ve done our job and that we have a vaccine ‘ready’.”
The article also reports on former Kilcullen resident Ben Kavanagh’s experiences in Wuhan at the height of the Coronavirus crisis there.