A Zimbabwean scientist living in the United States of America, Dr Tatenda Shopera has made history by being part of a team that developed the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr Tatenda is a senior scientist (bioprocess research and development) at Pfizer Inc, an American multinational pharmaceutical corporation, which is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. He was part of the team that delivered the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Last month, Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech announced that their two-dose vaccine had an efficacy rate of 95 percent after two doses administered three weeks apart.
On December 11, FDA authorised the emergence use of the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine.
The Covid vaccine hasn’t yet been tested on pregnant people.
Posting on his LinkedIn, Dr Shopera said he was proud to have been part of the team that delivered the Covid-19 vaccine.
“I am very proud to have been part of the team that delivered the vaccine and this will be talked about for generations to come,
“Today I am so proud not only of being part of Pfizer, but also for being part of the team that delivered this great Christmas present to the world. I am so proud that I am able to make an impact at a global scale.” He posted.
Dr Shopera holds a PhD in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St Louis and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the same university.
Between 2009-2012 he studied BSc in Chemical Engineering at Jacobs University Bremen.