The Long Shot: The Inside Story of the Race to Vaccinate Britain

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The Long Shot: The Inside Story of the Race to Vaccinate Britain

The Long Shot: The Inside Story of the Race to Vaccinate Britain

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Written with compelling verve and complete authority, this book describes how Kate Bingham ensured that Covid-19 vaccines would be made available to the UK. For example, the vaccine task force was not able to build a bulk mRNA manufacturing capability in the UK. It also demonstrates how science and the effective application of science are critical to solving the world’s problems, and that these solutions will only be delivered with a razor-sharp focus on outcomes rather than on following procedures.

But I have to disagree with the title, because the book shows that it really wasn’t such a "long shot" with Kate at the helm. I spoke with her frequently through 2020 as we battled logistical headwinds and the media storms in development of the Oxford vaccine and was always better for our chats, absorbing the positive energy that she emanates and benefiting from her wisdom. No and the book argues that Britain will probably be less prepared than it was for the covid pandemic. From a small cottage, Bingham juggled vaccine suppliers, Whitehall, the media circus – and her daughter’s exams. This is a brilliant account of the UK's world-beating COVID-19 vaccine project and makes excellent reading for anyone wanting to understand both the story of the UK COVID-19 vaccine programme and also how a successful large-scale project is delivered.The book describes how by adopting venture capitalist-style development contract writing and risk management and by making Britain especially attractive for vaccine trials (the NHS Registry was crucial here), Britain was able to steal a march on the US and the lumbering EU Commission in securing under contract the necessary production facilities. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from.

Matt Hancock eventually recognises that the Department of Health was not up to the job of hosting the Vaccine Task Force; Michael Gove appears (surprisingly) as a more results-orientated minister than a spin-orientated minister. An incisive behind-the-scenes look at the challenges Bingham faced in her role… The authors combine a lucid explanation of the scientific breakthroughs needed to create the first Covid vaccine with an insider look at the politics that hampered the taskforce’s efforts. The author warns that information spinners are a vast workforce in Whitehall; they are numerous and expensive and an absolute drag on efficiency and exist to spread misinformation if that suits the political purposes of the departments in which they reside.The tragic and magic is all told in a thrilling uplifting and yet ultimately depressing (the government couldn't care less about preparing for the next pandemic) account is simply brilliant. The Times and The Guardian are shown as particularly eager recipients and disseminators of spun misinformation about the VTF.



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