Meet Dr Tatenda Shopera, The Zimbabwean Scientist Who Helped Develop The COVID-19 Vaccine

As people across the world start receiving the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine, Zimbabweans will be happy to know that one of their own was part of the team that developed the vaccine. Dr Tatenda Shopera is a Senior Scientist at Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies which developed the vaccine together with its partner, BioNTech.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given in two doses – three weeks apart – and offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19.

Speaking on the momentous work to fight against Covid-19 which has changed how peole live their lives, Dr Shopera said,I grew up in the dusty streets of Harare (Zimbabwe) and one thing that was apparent then was I wanted to make an impact before I leave this place we call earth. I have always believed that life is not just about an individual but the impact an individual has on the community, that’s what makes life worth living. Today I am so proud not only of being part of Pfizer, but also for being part of the team that delivered this great Christmas present to the world. I am so proud that I am able to make an impact at a global scale.

Dr Shopera learned at Harare High School in Mbare where he did his Advanced Levels. After finishing his A-Levels, he went to Jacobs University Bremen in Germany where he graduated with a BSc Degree in Biochemical Engineering. He then went to Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering.

Before joining Pfizer, Dr Shopera worked for MiliporeSigma as a Research and Development Scientist. MilliporeSigma is a German chemical, life science and biotechnology company owned by the Merck Group, a German multinational science and technology company.

We are proud of Dr Shopera’s work and we wish him all the best for the future.


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