May 8, 2021

‘I’m confident we’ll do it’ – meet the Wicklow doctor who’s at the forefront of finding Covid-19 vaccine

A Bray doctor who works in Boston is at the forefront of trying to find a vaccine for Covid-19.

Immunologist David Dowling, who is a research associate with the Precision Vaccine Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, has lived in the US for most of the last decade.

“I have great confidence in my colleagues and the US government that we can get a vaccine developed,” Dr Dowling told The Herald.

However, the 37-year-old is not sure when that will be but that developing the vaccine is imperative as he thinks coronavirus could become a seasonal virus.

“I do believe that it may have been circulating for a long time and has only come to the forefront now,” he added. “That’s why we have to keep working and can’t take time off.”

Dr Dowling is a graduate from Dublin City University leaving with a degree in biotechnology in 2005 and went on to obtain a PhD there in immunology, vaccinology and parasitology in 2009.


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