Prince William congratulates Oxford vaccine creators

Prince William congratulated Oxford vaccine creators

after their vaccine was found to be up to 90% effective

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE PRINCE WILLIAM, SAYING:

"It's an amazing achievement isn't it, it really is. Huge, huge congratulations to you all and your teams."

Courtesy: Kensington Palace

Date: November 23, 2020

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF OXFORD VACCINE GROUP, ANDREW POLLARD, SAYING:

"I think it's a really exciting result. I mean we've got an overall 70% protection against the virus but we had no one who was vaccinated went into hospital or had severe disease, which I think, you know, is going to translate into preventing this clogging up of the NHS that we've seen. And then there's this really intriguing result in the data where we gave a half dose to some people for their first dose and then a full dose and protection rises to 90% in that group."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE PRINCE WILLIAM, SAYING:

"Well done, I'm so pleased for all of you guys, I really am. I saw it in everyone's faces back in June how much time and effort was going into this."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) OXFORD COVID-19 VACCINE DEVELOPER, SARAH GILBERT, SAYING:

"This vaccine should do what we wanted it to do. We wanted a vaccine for the world, not just for high-income countries, not just for this country."

Video Transcript

- [INAUDIBLE] those cells to get rid of the virus. That's what they did with some of the other ones that will make antibodies which can stop the infection completely, and that's what we're really after here if we can.

PRINCE WILLIAM: It's an amazing achievement, isn't it? It really is. Huge, huge congratulations to you and your teams.

ANDREW POLLARD: I think it's a really exciting result. I mean, we've got an overall 70% protection against the virus. But we had no one who was vaccinated went into hospital or had severe disease, which I think that's gonna translate into actually preventing this clogging up of the NHS that we've seen. And then there's this really intriguing result in the data where we gave a half dose to some people for their first dose and then a full dose, and protection rises to 90% in that group.

PRINCE WILLIAM: I'm so pleased for all of you guys. I really am. I saw it in everyone's faces back in June how much time and effort was going into this.

SARAH GILBERT: This vaccine should do what we always wanted it to do. We wanted a vaccine for the world, not just for high-income countries, not just for this country.