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Battling the Bug

Published: Jul 2020
15 mins


Four UK scientists who are working to combat the swine flu virus talk about their work and the threat a swine flu pandemic poses.

Contributors include Dr. Othmar Engelhardt, a scientist at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (an HPA affiliated lab) who helped crack the genetic code of the current virus and develop a swine flu vaccine.

We also speak to Dr. Tarit Mukhopadhyay, a bio-chemical engineer at UCL, who advises the government on the most efficient methods for producing vast amounts of vaccine as quickly as possible.

Professor Wendy Barclay of Imperial College, London, an influenza specialist who is on constant lookout for swine flu virus mutations, talks about her work.

Later Professor Neil Ferguson from the Medical Research Council, talks about his work as one of the world’s top advisors and biological modellers.

Finally, students and young people who have had swine flu themselves talk about how the virus affected them.

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