UK medicine museum becomes Covid-19 vaccination hub

As vaccinations start in the United Kingdom, the Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds has become the first UK museum to assist by offering its venue to help fight the pandemic.

Nat Edwards, Museum Director, says that “There are precious moments in our lives when we encounter history in the making. It’s amazing to be able to host part of the world’s first public Covid vaccination programme. Just to witness the very best of modern medicine in action alongside the whole history of humanity’s centuries of effort to understand and overcome disease is hard to describe.”

The museum had been due to reopen in the summer following an 18-month, multimillion-pound redevelopment. Due to current coronavirus restrictions, it has not yet been able to welcome the public back.

The museum is also in talks to host the third phase trials of another Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the biotechnology firm Novavax and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Learn more in an article by the UK Museums Association.