Imperial plays leading role in global fight against coronavirus


Imperial scientists are at the forefront of global efforts to protect the world from the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Professor Neil Ferguson’s group revealed the first accurate estimates of the size of the outbreak, and their data continues to inform the global response.

Professor Peter Openshaw is tracking how the virus affects the body and immune system. 

Meanwhile Professor Wendy Barclay pioneers work into how respiratory viruses like influenza spread, and is spear-heading efforts to apply this knowledge to coronavirus.

Professor Robin Shattock heads one of the few labs in the world developing a coronavirus vaccine. Professor Shattock’s vaccine is due to shortly enter animal trials - and could lead to human trials in as little as five months.


Kate Wighton

Kate Wighton
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