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The University of Oxford team who have developed a COVID-19 vaccine in record time have been shortlisted for the Excellence in Healthcare Award at the NHS Parliamentary Awards.

Scientists analyzing covid 19 sample with microscope and holding covid 19 blood sample tube

The team from the Oxford Vaccine Group and Jenner Institute were nominated by Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and won the regional Excellence in Healthcare award.

The news coincided with announcement of interim data from phase III of the vaccine trial, which showed that the Oxford candidate vaccine was effective at preventing COVID-19 and offered a high level of protection. One dosing regimen indicated that the vaccine is 90 percent effective.

Layla Moran said:

"I'm absolutely delighted. There were nearly 700 nominations by MPs this year, so to be shortlisted is a huge achievement - the vaccine team really deserve it!

"The Oxford Vaccine Group and the Jenner Institute have been working so incredibly hard since the beginning of the pandemic to produce a vaccine that will be life changing for so many people around the world. They're the jewel in our community's crown"

The NHS Parliamentary Awards are an annual opportunity to recognise and appreciate the very best about our local healthcare service.

The full story is available on the Oxford University Hospitals website

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