In the Hot Seat – Prof. Shabir Madhi: Principal Investigator of the Oxford Trial
For scientists at the coalface in the hunt for the COVID-19 vaccine, the last year has brought unprecedented public and political pressure. Now vaccinology Prof. Shabir Madhi, Director of the Vaccines & Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand, has his hands full. This after his unit, which led the South African ChAdOx1CoV-19 vaccine trial, explained that a further study of 2000 volunteers showed that the vaccine was ineffective against the 501Y.V2 variant. Carte Blanche invites Prof. Madhi into the studio to unpack some of the complex science and answer some burning questions from our audience on where this vaccine fits into the big picture.