It’s a pleasure to take part in the Blogtour for the Audiobook The Vaccine: Inside the Race to Conquer the COVID-19 Pandemic by Joe Miller narrated by John Sackville. Also credited Ugur Sahin (Author), Özlem Türeci (Author).
‘The exclusive story of the greatest scientific breakthrough of the 21st century – the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine.’
About the Author
Vaccine is the story of this race against time. Written by Joe Miller, the Financial Times’ correspondent who covered the team’s COVID-19 project in real time, and based off more than 150 hours of interviews with Sahin and Türeci, as well with scientists, politicians, and public health officials, it offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes account of this extraordinary breakthrough. Follow @JoeMillerJr on Twitter
About the book
In mid-January 2020, scientists Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci learned of how a new virus that had emerged in Wuhan, China, was spreading. Recognising the threat at once, they dropped everything and committed themselves to developing a vaccine against the disease that would soon be known as COVID-19.
No one believed it was possible. But by December, the revolutionary BioNTech-Pfizer mRNA inoculation became the first clinically approved COVID-19 vaccine. Soon it was being injected into the arms of millions, turning the tide on the deadliest pandemic in living memory.
Cutting-edge science that feels like a thriller, this is an historic account of the triumph of human endeavour in a time of adversity.
Includes exclusive interview with Joe Miller, Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci.
What Vaccine does really well is capture the entirety of the picture, especially when we are only able to see parts of it. For someone to openly recognise and be honest about the trajectory and evolvement of the pandemic, then following the battle to find a solution and way to curb the pandemic, and of course the amount of fatalities.
During a time when people are fractured into different sides, especially when it comes to Covid and subsequently the vaccine, it’s important to shed light on the science to counter the conspiracies.
Conspiracy theorists see and make connections where others don’t. There is a general feeling of mistrust towards science, government and the medical experts in general, which is why books or audiobooks like this are of paramount importance. Countering the stream of misinformation and hopefully allaying some fears along the way.
It’s science heavy – obviously – but for the majority it is explained quite well for a reader who is also a layperson. The use of metaphors really helped with equivalency and association. I could do with a written version of it too.
Given the book was written during the time of the pandemic, the author had certain limitations to deal with and yet he still managed to interview scientists, politicians and staff at BioNTech, and of course Uğur Şahin und Özlem Türeci. The result is a fascinating window into the world behind the vaccine, the company, and the people who created it.
I think it’s worth pointing out that our media, and often the mouthpieces of governments, focus on the negative to gain traction and viewers. The numbers we hear and read about tend to be the losses, the victims, and whilst they are important it’s perhaps impossible to quantify the positive results of the vaccine. Both now and in the future.
It’s a compelling audiobook – I highly recommend it.
Listening Length – 11 Hours and 10 Minutes,Author – Joe Miller, Ugur Sahin, ÖzlemTüreci,Narrator – John Sackville,Audible.co.uk Release Date – 14 September 2021, Publisher – Audible Originals,Program Type – Audiobook,Version – Original recording,Language – English.