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RI doctoral student on Oxford virus vaccine team

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 6 2020   /  01:00 am
Indonesian PhD student Indra Rudiansyah at the University of Oxford, the United Kingdom. Indra is one of over 200 scientists on Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine research team(courtesy of Indra Rudiansyah/--)

When Indra Rudiansyah first arrived at the University of Oxford in 2018 to pursue a doctorate in clinical medicine, he never thought he would be working on the world’s most sought-after vaccine. The 28-year-old was supposed to be testing malaria vaccines at the university’s Jenner Institute earlier this year when news suddenly broke out of a highly contagious strain of coronavirus spreading in China. When the situation later escalated into a full-blown pandemic, all research activities related to malaria vaccines were immediately put on hold as the laboratory shifted its focus to the development of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Indra, whose work had ground to a halt as a result of the pandemic, then decided to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine trials conducted by a research group for emerging pathogens at the Jenner Institute. ...