With the support of Advance Queensland, Queensland scientists and researchers are leading the way in developing a vaccine and we want you to get behind them and celebrate their successes. We have some of the best scientists and researchers in the world here in Queensland, including those at the University of Queensland, who continue to work around the clock to develop a vaccine.
As part of National Science Week 2020, we asked Queenslanders to show their support for scientists and spread some hope by sharing photos of virtual elbow bumps with the hashtag #QLDelbowbump.
We were so impressed with the support showed during National Science Week, and encourage you to keep spreading hope as scientists around the globe work towards developing a vaccine so we can return to normal. Don’t forget to keep washing your hands and stay home if you don’t feel well!
Did you know?
- Advance Queensland provided $10 million in funding in March 2020 to fast-track the University of Queensland’s (UQ) world-leading COVID-19 vaccine, being developed here in Queensland.
- Our funding is helping UQ along with its research partners, The Doherty Institute and CSIRO, to fast-track the development of the vaccine and start the process of manufacturing the vaccine.
- There are around 100 companies and entities worldwide developing a COVID-19 vaccine – all with different approaches from that of UQ. However, UQ is one of two Australian organisations and one of only nine globally to be tasked by the Oslo-based Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.
- They are the only scientists in the world using a unique and proven technology which cleverly tackles the virus by eliciting an immune response more effectively than other vaccines – and this puts us ahead of the game.
- UQ, CEPI and CSL, one of Australia’s largest health companies, have announced a partnership to produce the vaccine, if it’s successful.
- Phase 1 clinical trials for the vaccine have now commenced in Brisbane, which will test the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in humans. If they are successful, a vaccine may be available in early 2021.
- We are incredibly proud of the innovation coming from Queensland, giving new hope to millions of people around the world.