About this site

The expert view, from the best researchers in the world, on the effectiveness of vaccines is irrefutable. But everyone needs help on this journey to a safer future. So please share these videos with your family, friends and colleagues. Together, we can make a difference.

Enhancing knowledge and sharing expertise for public good is core to the mission of a University.

Each day at the University of Melbourne we carry out fundamental and applied research to enrich our understanding of the world, grow the store of human knowledge, and respond to major social, economic, environmental and medical challenges.

We have thousands of research projects underway at any given time, often through collaborations with industry, government and the community and by working with other universities in Australia and around the world.

Today, the value of this research expertise and reach is crucial. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented test for our generation. But we have always used science and data, backed by rigorous standards and practices, to solve complex challenges.

For instance, scientists from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity – a joint venture between University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital – were the first outside China to grow and share a version of the Wuhan isolate SARS-CoV-2 virus from a Victorian patient sample. The Doherty Institute has also led a national consortium, modelling scenarios of pandemic outcome to assist policy makers in guiding our way out of lockdowns.

Countless other researchers have also had a major influence on government policy and public responses to the pandemic. Together, we have played an important role in informing the public with trustworthy expertise and knowledge across many and varied subjects.

Which is why we have produced this website.

Vaccination is key to getting out of the pandemic. We are fortunate to have powerful vaccines, developed in record time, to help us overcome this virus. This would have been unthinkable even a few years ago, but now we must use them.

The cost of refusing the gift of vaccines is enormous. Your decision – and those of your friends, family and colleagues – to get vaccinated will determine our future as a resilient community and strong nation.

Please share the videos on this site – the more people are informed, the more likely they will be to get vaccinated.

Professor James McCluskey

From Professor James McCluskey,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research),
University of Melbourne