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Elbow bump our vaccine research heroes

24 August 2020

Queenslanders are being encouraged to get behind a Queensland Government social media campaign to thank The University of Queensland scientists working around the clock to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

The UQ vaccine is widely recognised as one of the most promising vaccine candidates globally.

The vaccine is currently in Phase 1 human trials in Brisbane, with early results due in October.

Pre-clinical results show that the vaccine candidate has been highly effective in neutralising the virus.

Queenslanders from all walks of life are being asked to get behind the Queensland research team developing the Queensland vaccine.

People are being asked to post photos of themselves ‘elbow bumping a scientist’.

You can either post that yourself, using one of these hashtags –

Or send your image to

The UQ vaccine is seen as critical to not only saving lives and preventing serious illness among front-line medical staff and the most vulnerable in our society, but also because it is the only way to fully restore our economy and bring back jobs.

The vaccine research shows Queensland is at the top of its game when it comes to science and innovation.

We may be a state of only five million people, but we definitely punch above our weight when it comes to scientific research and ingenuity.

We have some of the best scientific minds in the world working in state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure – a product of over 20 years of Queensland Government strategic investment.

The Elbow Bump a Scientist campaign will run from 17 to 24 August as part of National Science Week 2020.