With vaccines now in sight, the road to the last coda of the COVID-19 pandemic is nigh. In a pledge to make a ‘pandemic-free future’ reality, Bulgari and the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute partners up, debuting a new philanthropic relationship.
The global pandemic that raged through 2020 wielded immense setbacks to industries. The retail industry, in particular, was hit hard with a year of lockdowns and decelerated consumer spending. Since the very early days of the pandemic in February of this year, Bulgari has contributed to research and development that aided in mitigating the effects of COVID-19, including a donation to the Spallanzani Hospital in Rome that helped purchase a state-of-the-art microscope; converting the luxury house’s fragrance production to manufacture medical-grade hand sanitiser; as well as the donation of a flow cytometer for the Jenner Institute in June.
Now, the LVMH luxury brand has announced that it has awarded the inaugural Bulgari scholarships to two exceptional Oxford students in the field of vaccine-related immunology.
Rebecca Makinson and Cameron Bissett, DPhil students at the Jenner Institute in the University of Oxford, are honoured as the inaugural cohort of Bulgari Scholars — an achievement that was recently celebrated by Oxford’s Professor of Vaccinology Sarah Gilbert and Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin via live webinar.
Makinson and Bissett were heavily involved with the clinical trial work of the ‘Oxford Vaccine’ and both will continue onto studies that explore the post-vaccination immune responses against COVID-19 as well as of other human coronaviruses — research that will help safeguard us in the event of potential future outbreaks.