Coronavirus CURE: Major breakthrough nears as Oxford University tests new vaccine

A vaccine is needed to bring the outbreak under control and prevent a second wave. The vaccine would prevent people from getting COVID-19, which has killed more than 12,000 people across the world, as well as curb transmission of the virus. The Oxford University vaccine has been successfully tested on animals and the next step is for 510 humans to be tested next week.

The team from Oxford University are confident they can roll out the vaccine by the autumn.

The country’s chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance has said it would be “very lucky” if a vaccine was available within a year.

Normally vaccines take between 10 and 15 years to be made and available.

Professor Adrian Hill who is leading the research has said to the BBC: “We are going into human trials next week.

“We have tested the vaccine in several different animal species.”

Hundreds of scientists across the world are in the race to find a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Vaccinologist at Oxford, Professor Sarah Gilbert, has said she is 80 per cent sure the vaccine will be a success.

Professor Hill added: “We have taken a fairly cautious approach, but a rapid one to assess the vaccine that we are developing.

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“We’re a university, we have a very small in house manufacturing facility that can do dozens of doses.

“That’s not good enough to supply the world, obviously.

“We are working with manufacturing organisations and paying them to start the process now.

“So by the time July, August, September comes – whenever this is looking good – we should have the vaccine to start deploying under emergency use recommendations.


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“That’s a different approval process to commercial supply, which often takes many more years.”

Last night Health Minister Nadine Dorries said the lockdown could not end until a vaccine had been found.

She said: “Journalists should stop asking about an ‘exit strategy.’

“There is only one way we can ‘exit’ full lockdown and that is when we have a vaccine.

“Until then, we need to find ways we can adapt society and strike a balance between the health of the nation and our economy.”

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