Donation to Oxford vaccine research effort in ‘show of solidarity’ for COVID-19 action

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The Jenner Institute at Oxford University is leading development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine (photo credit for both photographs: Sean Elias).
The Jenner Institute at Oxford University is leading development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine (photo credit for both photographs: Sean Elias).

The FIA Foundation has made a €100,000 donation to support the University of Oxford’s ongoing work to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

 The coronavirus research programme led by University’s Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group is widely seen as one of the most promising in the international quest to find a vaccine. Human testing of Oxford’s vaccine began last week. The FIA Foundation’s funding will contribute towards further stages of the research.

FIA Foundation Executive Director Saul Billingsley said: “Although our contribution to Oxford University’s vaccine research is small relative to the overall funding needed, our trustees felt it is important to make a show of solidarity. We hope our contribution helps towards the development of an effective vaccine for this unprecedented pandemic.”

Thanking the FIA Foundation for its donation, Professor Gavin Screaton, Head of the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford, said: “Oxford is committed to providing solutions to the current pandemic and we are working around the clock to do so, across multiple areas of the University. Thank you for sharing our conviction that advancing coronavirus vaccine research, as urgently as possible, is medically, economically and morally essential.”

To learn more about the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine development and wider research programme visit https://www.research.ox.ac.uk/Area/coronavirus-research