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The exclusive story of the greatest scientific breakthrough of the 21st century - the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine. 

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. 

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. 

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.

©2021 Joe Miller (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Fascinating Chronicle of achievement

Fascinating and easy to read(listen to). great job explaining the science and the path to creating the vaccine. A real triumph of science. The story is told very well, it kept me interested the whole time. A great read and it also answers alot of questions

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  • Heffy
  • 19-09-2021

Truly excellent.

If you have even a remote interest in science you must read this. The vision of BioNTechs founders to see how covid-19 was going to impact the world long before their peers and the courage to step outside their speciality and put all their companies resources into the race for a vaccine was extraordinary. A must read.

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  • Mark
  • 20-09-2021

A modern day fairytale, quite brilliant!

A quite brilliant story about how two exceptional Bioscientists spun on a sixpence to repurpose a fledgling cancer treatment to the Covid19 vaccine of today. Bravo to the book's author for telling the story of Ugur & Özlem's medical miracle.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-09-2021

fascinating book

probably the best book I've listened to, just so interesting. I've not got a medical or science background and still found it easy to follow. I can't believe it was free

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  • Sean
  • 22-09-2021

Absolute heroes of medical science

This book represents science communication at its best. Accessible and compelling, with a huge transparent affection for the scientists at its heart, this is the story of the BioNTech (Pfizer) vaccine against COVID-19.

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  • Claire Perkins
  • 18-10-2021

Interesting read

What an interesting read/listen.
Fascinating story/information how the vaccine for Covid came about. Thanks to two brilliant scientists Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci.
Well narrated by John Sackville.

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  • Margaret
  • 15-10-2021

my first ever review.

excellent listening. I would have been lost reading this excellent book. thank you for the audible version.

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  • matthew cox
  • 12-10-2021

excellent anti vaxers should read

Loved it , so glad that I chose to listen to this. The world owes so much to these humble scientists and others like them. The dedication they have in their lives to doing good for the world is inspirational. The story is well written and the audio book read in a very clear way 👌

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  • J. Porteous
  • 04-10-2021

A stunning narrative of mind boggling science!

Vaccine is a tremendous explanation of how man finds a way to fight back against the power of nature. The science concepts are well explained albeit the listener might not have all the right receptors. This is an outstanding tribute to the genius and dedication of the scientists involved. Uplifting!

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  • jrcp90
  • 19-10-2021

Fascinating listen, chapter breaks not correct

Really fascinating listen, great insight into the monumental effort it took to create the vaccine.

The audiobook loses one star as the chapter breaks are completely messed up. They do not correspond at all with the actual chapters so was really hard for me to judge when a natural stopping point would be.

Outside of my niggle above, the narration was really good and really enjoyed the interview with the scientists at the end as well.

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  • Suzan Turan
  • 03-10-2021

11 hours of enjoyment

What a fantastic recap of a unique journey. Loved story and narration. Perfect for long journeys. Even stayed sitting in my car outside my home to continue.
Highly recommend it.

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