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Bvlgari, the Italian luxury brand, has today announced plans to support research into COVID-19 and vaccine development at Oxford University.

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The new relationship comes as part of the brand’s commitment to better preventing pandemics now and in the future, through philanthropic donations. This gift will support Oxford research in two key areas; by purchasing boundary-pushing scientific equipment that will help to speed up vaccine development, and financing the studies of some of the world’s most talented researchers engaged in the field.

The collaboration was announced during a live webinar hosted by Jean-Christophe Babin, President and CEO of Bvlgari and Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford.

Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, said: 'For us to continue to make world-leading advances against infectious diseases we need more excellent young scientists to join the field of vaccinology, and access to the most up to date equipment for our laboratories. This generous gift from Bvlgari addresses both of these needs, and will continue to have an impact for many years to come.'

Read the full story on the University of Oxford website