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The Telegraph

Oxford University vows not to make same mistake with Covid vaccine as it did with penicillin

Oxford scientists are at the forefront of the global race to end the pandemic, with the Prime Minister hailing the group as being “on the verge” of creating a successful vaccine. But the university’s vice-chancellor has vowed that it will not make the same mistake as it did with penicillin in the 1940s. Prof Louise Richardson said that when drawing up an agreement with the pharmaceutical giant AstraZenica over the manufacture of the vaccine, the university did not want to be party to any kind of “profiteering”. However, they also did not want to “repeat the mistake of the early 40s when Oxford academics discovered penicillin but handed all rights off to American companies”. Addressing Oxford’s governing body this week, Prof Richardson explained: “We required that any partner would agree that a

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