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The exclusive story of the greatest scientific breakthrough of the 21st century - the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine. 

In mid-January 2020, scientists Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci learned of how a new virus that had emerged in Wuhan, China, was spreading. Recognising the threat at once, they dropped everything and committed themselves to developing a vaccine against the disease that would soon be known as COVID-19. 

No one believed it was possible. But by December, the revolutionary BioNTech-Pfizer mRNA inoculation became the first clinically approved COVID-19 vaccine. Soon it was being injected into the arms of millions, turning the tide on the deadliest pandemic in living memory. 

Vaccine is the story of this race against time. Written by Joe Miller, the Financial Times’ correspondent who covered the team’s COVID-19 project in real time, and based off more than 150 hours of interviews with Sahin and Türeci, as well with scientists, politicians, and public health officials, it offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes account of this extraordinary breakthrough. 

Cutting-edge science that feels like a thriller, this is an historic account of the triumph of human endeavour in a time of adversity. 

Includes exclusive interview with Joe Miller, Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci.

©2021 Joe Miller (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Truly excellent.

If you have even a remote interest in science you must read this. The vision of BioNTechs founders to see how covid-19 was going to impact the world long before their peers and the courage to step outside their speciality and put all their companies resources into the race for a vaccine was extraordinary. A must read.

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A modern day fairytale, quite brilliant!

A quite brilliant story about how two exceptional Bioscientists spun on a sixpence to repurpose a fledgling cancer treatment to the Covid19 vaccine of today. Bravo to the book's author for telling the story of Ugur & Özlem's medical miracle.

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fascinating book

probably the best book I've listened to, just so interesting. I've not got a medical or science background and still found it easy to follow. I can't believe it was free

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Absolute heroes of medical science

This book represents science communication at its best. Accessible and compelling, with a huge transparent affection for the scientists at its heart, this is the story of the BioNTech (Pfizer) vaccine against COVID-19.

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The First Ray Of Hope For Many

I noticed this book listed in the Plus Catalogue just six days after its Audible release and at once clicked the Add To Your Library link.

COVID has been an exceptionally concerning time for so many but for many who are blind like myself it has had its frustrations: no longer able to appreciate the sense of touch whilst greeting others in the usual way, no longer able to enjoy the company of others and no longer able to travel but it has also taught me to be more thankful, now that restrictions have been lifted, for such facilities and never to underestimate such opportunities and their value again.

At the time of writing I have just finished this book and I would urge others to get it. Not only do you get the amazing story of two scientists who had the vision for this vaccine which brought hope to so many not only stuck in their homes, not able to say goodbye to those close to them but who were further destined to face Christmas 2020 on their own after Boris Johnson announced on 19 December that Christmas would be cancelled but after the book ends you get the author's interview with them. They fully deserve the medals they got for the sterling work they did in making this happen. Who would ever have dreamed that just eight months from Boris Johnson's broadcast which included the four well-remembered words "you must stay at home" a vaccine would be announced? After all, we were told that it would take eighteen months before one could be released. The reader is also excellent and comes through with great clarity.