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Injecting Hope: The race for a COVID-19 vaccine

Uncover inspiring stories of scientists and innovators collaborating around the globe in our new free exhibition.

Journey through an incredible variety of artworks and personal objects that illustrate the worldwide effort to develop vaccines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Discover how scientists and researchers adapted and collaborated during this challenging time to find solutions and save lives, and the impact this had on the world we live in today.

Manchester's unique experience of the pandemic as well as innovative healthcare developed and delivered in the city are revealed through objects and stories that have never been seen before as part of a major exhibition.  

With more than 100 objects to discover, highlights include:

  • The vial of the first COVID-19 vaccine to be administered worldwide
  • Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham's dark navy worker jacket, worn when he addressed the media, which became a symbol of the hardships experienced during the pandemic and the unity of the North West
  • Stunning artworks by Angela Palmer and Junko Mori
  • NHS Nightingale Hospital North West bed—one of the 750 innovative beds used inside Manchester Central Convention Complex when it transformed into the North West's Nightingale Hospital to provide additional support to the NHS
  • Portraits of healthcare workers from Ancoats-based Urban Village Medical Practice, who helped to administer the vaccine to those in the city with no fixed address
  • A specially commissioned video created by Manchester-based youth group, HideOut Youth Zone, showcasing the reflections of young people about the pandemic and looking into what the future now holds 

From examining the virus itself to recognising the work done quietly behind the scenes by volunteers, researchers and other individuals who made huge innovations possible, this free exhibition showcases objects and stories that have been collected during this global challenge.  

Injecting Hope: The race for a COVID-19 vaccine comes to the Science and Industry Museum as part of an international tour. 

Accessible sessions

Accessible sessions will take place at the times listed below.

Accessible sessions


Injecting Hope: The race for a COVID-19 vaccine has been made possible thanks to: 

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