- Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
- Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
- Release date: 02-01-22
The Vaccine AudioBook Summary
The dramatic story of the married scientists who founded BioNTech and developed the first vaccine against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nobody thought it was possible. In mid-January 2020, Ugur Sahin told Özlem Türeci, his wife and decades-long research partner, that a vaccine against what would soon be known as COVID-19 could be developed and safely injected into the arms of millions before the end of the year. His confidence was built upon almost 30 years of research. While working to revolutionize the way that cancerous tumors are treated, the couple had explored a volatile and overlooked molecule called messenger RNA; they believed it could be harnessed to turn the human body into its own pharmacy. As the founders of BioNTech, they faced widespread skepticism from the scientific community at first; but by the time Sars-Cov-2 was discovered in Wuhan, BioNTech was prepared to deploy cutting-edge technology and create the world’s first approved inoculation for the coronavirus.
The Vaccine draws back the curtain on one of the most important medical breakthroughs of our age; it will reveal how Doctors Sahin and Türeci were able to develop 20 vaccine candidates within weeks, convince Big Pharma to support their ambitious project, navigate political interference from the Trump administration and the European Union, and manage to provide more than two billion doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to countries around the world in record time.