It is a thrilling moment for several Harry Potter fans to know that the scientist who has been researching the possibilities of mixing COVID-19 vaccines to maximize the impact is named Professor Snape.
Yes, you heard it right!
While, the Hogwarts’ potions master, Professor Severus Snape told students that by mixing mysterious and magical substances they could “bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death”, real-life Matthew Snape is an associate professor in pediatrics and vaccinology at the University of Oxford. He is heading a major UK trial investigating whether coronavirus vaccines can be mixed with different jabs for first and second doses. Thus, on Tuesday researchers from the ‘COM-COV study’ announced that the trial which was launched in February using Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines would be expanded to include the Moderna and Novavax jabs.
On the vaccine trial, Prof Snape said, “There are some suggestions from studies in mice that using schedules with both viral vector vaccines and RNA vaccines could induce a better immune response than the ‘straight’ schedules, but there are no data in humans yet, which is why we are doing this study.”
“These studies were planned well in advance of the recent developments regarding the AZ vaccine, but part of their rationale was to provide flexibility in case of unexpected developments….and of course that makes them timely at present”, he added.
Thus, the professor aims to boost the speed of the vaccination process by proving that a “mixed schedule” of vaccine doses provides a strong immune response.
Thus in a statement posted to the Oxford University Twitter account, he further also said, "The focus of both this and the original COM-COV study is to explore whether the multiple COVID-19 vaccines that are available can be used more flexibly, with different vaccines being used for the first and second dose."
This development has been extremely rejoicing for everyone especially for Harry Potter fans who have expressed their fascination with the name.