Let's talk about COVID-19
We invite you to delve deeper into our work on the COVID-19 pandemic. Meet the scientists behind the disease modelling that influenced government policy worldwide, go behind the scenes of the lab developing a promising vaccine in 2020, or join our live events to ask your questions and share your own thoughts.
Our Q&As and seminars are hosted live on YouTube and you can find the recordings below alongside short explainer videos.
Hear from our researchers
Behind the Scenes: Developing a COVID-19 vaccine
Researcher Anna Blakney takes us on a tour of the vaccine lab and introduces us to the team.
Go behind the scenes with the researchers developing a COVID-19 vaccine as they take you on a tour of their lab and chat about how their candidate vaccine works. Intrigued to hear more from researchers Anna and Paul? They recently took part in an 'Ask Me Anything' on Reddit. Find the questions and their answers here.
Doctors’ notes from the COVID wards
Be inspired and humbled by medical students who joined the NHS frontline in the outbreak's peak.
Be inspired and humbled by the brave and wholly caring Imperial students who graduated early to help on the NHS frontline at the height of the pandemic in the Spring. This event took place as part of Imperial Lates Online.
Explainer: Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine
Hear how the vaccine works, how it's being tested and our plans to help it reach global populations.
In June 2020 we launched a clinical trial of a new COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Professor Robin Shattock, Dr Katrina Pollock and Dr David Owen explain how the vaccine works, how it’s being tested, and plans to help it reach populations around the world, if it proves to be effective in protecting people against COVID-19.
Q&A: COVID-19 Testing
How is the pandemic progressing? To know, testing is essential. Here we pit your Qs to researchers.
As we cautiously seek a return to normality, understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic is progressing is essential. How many people have been infected and where? What immunity, if any, has developed? Join our researchers as we talk all things testing, from swab tests to home testing kits.
Q&A: Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine
Our vaccine is in human clinical trials and here we ask our vaccine researchers your Qs
Our vaccine works differently to traditional vaccines. It’s also cheap, highly scalable and could be available next year, should the current human trials succeed. But how does this work? How is it different from a normal vaccine? When might we see results? And what’s it been like working on COVID-19?
Q&A: Health Inequalities and COVID-19
Explore the factors behind poorer COVID-19 outcomes experienced by Black and Asian people.
Research shows that people from Black and Asian ethnic groups are more likely to catch COVID-19 and up to twice as likely to die from the disease than their White British counterparts. Researchers posit that “historic racism and poorer experiences of healthcare or at work” could make groups less likely to ask for care or to insist on having PPE. How can we understand the full picture and tackle these inequalities?
Q&A: Modelling COVID-19
Meet researchers using mathematics to predict the spread of the virus.
Since the start of the new coronavirus outbreak, our researchers have been working hard to understand the epidemic. Join three researchers who've been using mathematical models to predict the spread of the virus and help us understand patterns in data that inform the outbreak response.
Reddit and Coursera
Reddit AMA with vaccine researchers
Drs Anna Blakney and Paul McKay are part of the small team developing Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine. It works differently to traditional vaccines so Anna and Paul hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit to share information about the vaccine and the results from experiments so far and answer the public's questions. Thousands of people took part, asking questions and voting for their favourites.
View the answers here
A free online course on COVID-19
Discover the structure of the coronavirus and how it is able to invade our cells and cause disease in this free online course. The course also covers the impact of the pandemic on healthcare systems and the economy as well as the clinical presentations of COVID-19 and the ways it's currently being treated. You'll also learn about the harms of misinformation during a pandemic and the necessity to engage with communities taking learnings from the Ebola crisis.
Discover the course