We have been reading (and discussing here on QVW) a lot about how the Covid pandemic has disproportionately affected women in a negative way (see our blog post on work-life balance and another forum post on suicides).
The role of women in fighting the pandemic as healthcare providers and first responders around the world cannot be highlighted enough, juggling their duty toward the community and their families, many times as sole providers.
The talk now has turned to vaccines and the modalities and logistics within. As governments grapple with vaccine rollout, some heartening news has also come to light regarding the role women have played in creating the vaccines.
QVW wants to say thank you to all these warriors on behalf of its readers and members. In addition to the several thousand healthcare workers, here are the names of some leading researchers, links to details about these women ad their role is given below for those interested.
Dr. Nita Patel of the American company NOVAVAX. Her team is known as all female team.
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett Moderna company USA
Dr Hanneke Schuitemaker of Johnson and Johnson.
Dr,Ozlam Türeci of the German company BioNTech whose research is used by Pfizer.
Dr. Maheshi Ramsamy of AstraZeneca England.
Dr. Sumathy Kandasamy of Bharat Bio Tech India.
This shows, given an opportunity, how much can be done by women (and high time other genders realized this, and stopped questioning our ability). And women too must take a lesson from this that they are capable of doing bigger better things . Yes, perseverance, hard work, risk, overcoming hurdles are all part of such journeys. And this is harder still for women who balance critical work with familial responsibilities, often as the single parents and caregivers to their own parents. They deserve a big thank you from the heart.
Some links for further reading: