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The Long Shot

Written by: Kate Bingham,Tim Hames
Narrated by: Jennifer Ness
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On 3 April 2020, Kate Bingham was told that the likelihood of any Covid-19 vaccine working was 15% at best. But on 8 December 2020, the first NHS patient received a vaccine. Now nearly every adult in Britain has had a jab, lockdowns have ended and we can finally live with Covid. What lies behind this staggering success story?

From a small cottage, Bingham juggled vaccine suppliers, Whitehall, the media circus–and her daughter's exams. Political manoeuvring, miscommunications and administrative meddling nearly jeopardised the project. But perseverance paid off.

Catapulted into a national crisis, Bingham's eclectic team secured the first vaccine doses administered in the West and saved thousands of lives in the UK as new variants struck. This is an unmissable insider view into how the Vaccine Taskforce beat the odds and delivered the scientific miracle we all waited for.

©2022 Kate Bingham & Tim Hames (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • 22-12-22

Limited in scope

While this was a fascinating insight into the period this book covers, I was disappointed that this period was in fact pretty short.
This book covers the tenure of Kate Bingham as head of the vaccine task force, which ended in late 2020. Anything that happened after that, from the mass rollout of the vaccine, the roller coaster of the daily covid case statistics, the blood clot scare, the shift to Pfizer for the young, etc. all of that isn't covered.
I was surprised by this as the book cover itself features the the familiar 'I've had my covid vaccine' sticker which was introduced after the end of the period covered.

So if you're interested in the behind-the-scene story of how Britain's vaccine machinery got into place and operated in its first 6 months then go ahead, but be warned that you'll have to look elsewhere for anything after that.

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  • Mrs. C. L. Kennedy
  • 24-11-22

Great insight to what actually happened

Once you get used to all the acronyms it’s an eye opener to the amazing success of the team despite market and more especially government intervention.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-22

A real life modern adventure story

Government procurement is not normally a subject that would attract my attention but given the ‘unusual’ circumstances, this is a fascinating overview of how the combination of an international emergency and a can-do attitude can result in a great success.

The story is well told with about the right balance of scientific detail, good honest graft and political machinations. Hearing how the press pack suddenly decided to place the author in their crosshairs, probably as part of a wider campaign to dicredit/hold to account ( take your pick) the government’s response to covid, is fascinating listening.