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I spent nine years on vaccine, but it fell at third stage: Queen's University expert on perils of tackling Covid-19

Queen's expert tells of difficulties in tackling a largely unknown virus

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A team of experts at the University of Oxford are working to develop a vaccine that could prevent people from getting Covid-19 (Sean Elias/PA)

A team of experts at the University of Oxford are working to develop a vaccine that could prevent people from getting Covid-19 (Sean Elias/PA)

Molecular virology professor Dr Ultan Power

Molecular virology professor Dr Ultan Power

Dr Anthony Fauci

Dr Anthony Fauci

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A team of experts at the University of Oxford are working to develop a vaccine that could prevent people from getting Covid-19 (Sean Elias/PA)

For scientists everywhere, it is the mission of their lives. In labs around the globe they are racing against time in a frantic bid to create a Covid-19 vaccine ­- seen as the key to vanquishing the virus and setting society on the road back to normality.

The world is waiting, hoping, expecting, but it is a pressure to deliver that weighs heavily on the shoulders of the scientific world.

It is said the best way to tackle an enemy is to understand how that enemy operates, and that is why understanding the nature of Covid-19 is vital.