Scientist: Maria Elena Bottazzi

Elena Bottazzi profileMaria Elena Bottazzi is a Honduran and Italian-born naturalised American microbiologist. She is Co-Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine, and Distinguished Professor of Biology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She has more than 20 years of experience in translational biomedical research and vaccine development and is skilled in Tropical Medicine, Epidemiology, Vaccines, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology. She and her colleague Peter Hotez led the team that developed the low-cost Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax.

Maria Elena Bottazzi interview: Doc holding vaccine vial close up

A scientist’s opinion: interview with Maria Elena Bottazzi on vaccines in low- and middle-income countries

Maria Elena Bottazzi, born in Italy, raised in Honduras, is a microbiologist and infectious disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, United States). She and her colleague Peter Hotez led a team in India to develop the Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax, get it manufactured, and then give it away to low- and middle-income countries, patent-free. ...

Doc holding vaccine vial close up

Low cost and open source: vaccines in developing countries

In South Africa, a scientific knowledge transfer hub is working to create a Covid-19 vaccine based on the publicly available sequence of Moderna's mRNA vaccine, without Moderna's involvement but with its approval. In India, scientists are also testing a vaccine to fight SARS-CoV-2. These seem to be big steps for developing countries in order to ...