UK To Try COVID-19 Vaccine On People On Thursday, "80% Chance Of Success" Oxford Scientists
The United Kingdom has announced that it will start trials of the coronavirus vaccines on people this Thursday.
The vaccine is reportedly being developed by scientists at the University of Oxford who have reportedly said that it has an 80% chance of success.
The planned tests were announced by UK’s secretary for Health, Matt Hancock, who however cautioned that “nothing about this process is certain.” Hannock said:
At the same time, we’ll invest in manufacturing capability so if either of these vaccines safely works then we can make it available for the British people as soon as humanely possible.
Meanwhile, the Jenner Institute team at Oxford is reportedly starting production before the trial is complete and wants about a million doses ready to be sent out by September.
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Professor Adrian Hill, director of Oxford University’s Jenner Institute, told Sky News that the world could not afford to wait for vaccines to be proven to be safe and effective in trials that would involve months of delay before production starts.
The deadly virus has so far killed over 176 000 people globally which could be the reason for the desperation. Normally, vaccines are tested and participants to the tests are monitored vaccines’ to make sure positives outweigh side effects.
More: Sky News