Former Miss England Dr Carina Tyrrell to develop technology to help early detection of Covid-19

06 Jan 2021 | Priya Bhardwaj

Former Miss England Dr Carina Tyrrell, last year, hung up her ball gown as she began ground-breaking research at Oxford University in the wake of Covid-19. With the vaccine now in circulation, the stunning beauty queen has turned her attention to the development of a technology that can help in early detection of the virus.

The 31-year-old British-Swiss public health physician headed UK’s efforts in approving a vaccine in under a year. Appearing on an expert panel on ITV’s Lorraine, she revealed details of what she’s currently working on as she said, "I think there are some other exciting things going on, for example I’ve been working with industry to support delivering healthcare digitally. And I’ve been involved in some studies working on using some smartphone apps to try and detect Covid before people develop symptoms.”



Last year, Dr Tyrrell worked with a team responsible for the development of the Pfizer, Modern and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines. In December, she revealed, “I have looked at all of the vaccines with the team and we published a piece of work a few months ago. At that time we had looked at 728 studies. Looking at the Pfizer, Modern and the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.”

“I’ve been looking at the vaccine and therapeutic clinical trials trying to identify the most promising vaccine and therapeutic candidates. And of course, making sure the vaccine is going to be relevant for specific user groups”, she added.

Dr Tyrrell represented England at Miss World 2014 and best known for being the first woman from one of the world’s top universities (University of Cambridge) to participate in the beauty competition.



After graduating from university, she spent two years working as a physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before returning to Cambridge to work at the Institute for Public Health, Cambridge Biomedical Campus and MRC Epidemiology Unit.

She in, indeed, an inspiration for young women all around the world!