Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
27 Mar 2021
5:09 am

Meet Glenda Gray, the woman leading the battle to contain Covid-19

Rorisang Kgosana

Gray’s prowess as an HIV vaccine researcher, also studying mother to child transmission interventions, placed her in a position to get involved in the Covid-19 vaccine research.

President and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Professor Glenda Gray poses for a photograph at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, 26 March 2021, in Soweto. Picture: Michel Bega

Working an 18-hour day, 20 000 e-mails behind and always rushing to the next meeting, Professor Glenda Gray’s past year of the Covid-19 pandemic came with not only career highlights, but shocking deaths of close colleagues and staff. Gray’s prowess as an HIV vaccine researcher, also studying mother to child transmission interventions, placed her in a position to get involved in the Covid-19 vaccine research. A year later, she heads the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine study which aims to jab half a million healthcare workers, a programme she described as the highlight of her career. “Being able...