Vaccine Development: Finding a Vaccine for COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

  • Course provided by Future Learn
  • Study type: Online
  • Starts: Anytime
  • Price: Free
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Course Description

Discover how new vaccines are developed

This course will provide healthcare professionals with a deeper understanding of the role and development process for a COVID-19 vaccine and the value of vaccine intervention within the patient pathway.

Vaccines are instrumental in protecting people against infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The current situation with COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of vaccines and the difficulty in developing them in a timely but safe manner.

On this course, you’ll learn about the role and development process for new vaccines, from manufacturing to vaccine safety and testing.

You’ll consider the value of vaccine intervention within the patient pathway, and learn how to assess the efficacy of a vaccine for preventing infection or disease.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine development process

The challenges of vaccine development have never been more apparent to the public than during this global pandemic.

As you explore how vaccines are used to control pandemics, you’ll examine the current COVID-19 vaccines in development and learn how they’re being produced and tested.

Explore the latest vaccine research with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC)

This course offers the chance to learn from BSAC’s global faculty of experts who will provide up-to-date content and insights on their individual areas of expertise.

Providing a number of courses on FutureLearn, BSAC are experienced in providing engaging and informative online courses for healthcare professionals around the world to improve their practical skills and understanding.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Who is the course for?

This course is for healthcare professionals working in any setting and individuals interested in gaining more knowledge on vaccines and how they save lives.

It would also appeal to anyone interested in the development of a vaccine for COVID-19.

Who developed the course?


Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.