Contributor: Holly Cave

Holly Cave profile pictureHolly Cave spent several years working as a contemporary science curator at the Science Museum before going freelance in 2011. Since then, she has written for the Guardian, the Independent, National Institute for Health Research, British Heart Foundation, BBC Science Focus and the Welcome Trust. Her children’s book, Really, Really Big Questions About Science, was published in 2014. Her debut novel, The Memory Chamber, was released in 2018. She has an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s degree in science communication, both from Imperial College London.

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COVAX and the challenges of worldwide vaccine access

Vaccines are showing us a way out of the coronavirus pandemic, but vaccine access is still shockingly inequitable. Over a billion doses have been administered since December 2020, but the vast majority have gone to citizens of high-income countries. The COVAX initiative, a unique collaboration led by the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to combat this injustice.

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Aurélia Nguyen about the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi)

Gavi was founded in response to a market failure: by the late 90s, many powerful vaccines were becoming available, but they were too expensive for low-income countries, and millions of children were unable to benefit from them. In 1997, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and partner organisations set up a mechanism through which vaccine ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Dr Frederik Kristensen about the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

Dr Kristensen on COVAX: ‘The biggest mass immunisation effort in history’. Dr Frederik Kristensen has been with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) in Norway since late 2016, initially as Senior Medical Officer, and since January 2018 as Deputy CEO. He started his career as a general practitioner, and before joining CEPI he worked ...