Vaccine Programme


Covid-19 has been the greatest challenge to governments around the world in living memory. The UK has been at the centre of developing global vaccines against Covid. The UK’s vaccine programme has been a key element of helping the country emerge from Covid restrictions. The Foundation wanted to explore how the Government has worked with the life sciences industry and the academic community during the Covid-19 pandemic, what lessons have been learnt, and what the implications are for future policy, R&D, investment and collaboration going forward. 

To explore these issues, the Foundation held a webinar on 19 July 2021. The speakers were: Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment; Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Saïd Professorship of Vaccinology, Jenner Institute, University of Oxford; and Steve Bates, Chief Executive Officer, BioIndustries Association. A video recording, presentation slides and speaker audio from the event are available on the FST website: