Commentator Andrew Cotter said,
“an emotional day for lots of people involved, and for everyone in the crowd to be here. It means a great deal to a great number of people.”
Soon after the crowd rose to lengthy applause, Dame Sarah Gilbert’s eyes were filled with tears. Apart from being a Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University, Gilbert is also a mother of triplets. She is hailed as a hero in the UK for her contribution to developing the vaccine.
Dame Sarah Gilbert designed the vaccine with Sir Andrew Pollard, and Clinical Biomanufacturing Facility Professor Cath Green. The trio is hugely appreciated for their quick efficiency, obtaining the tiniest sample of the Virus in late January itself and wasting no time commencing the clinical trials two months after that.