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Potential vaccine shown to protect monkeys from coronavirus

Potential vaccine shown to protect monkeys from coronavirus”

A human clinical trial with more than 1,000 volunteers could bring hope for a new coronavirus vaccine that recently cleared a hurdle with monkeys, according to the BBC.

Sharma praised scientists at Oxford University and Imperial College London for the rapid progress they had made with two experimental coronavirus vaccines.

"The UK will be first to get access" to a new vaccine now being trialled, but that ministers will ensure that poorer countries can easily buy it. The team developing the vaccine says once available it will be a low-cost, very, very extensively available vaccine as soon as possible.

The 84 million pound funding was in addition to the £47 million which has already been invested into vaccine development at Oxford University and Imperial. But those that got the vaccine - and developed those protective antibodies - had no pneumonia and no virus in their lungs.

The business secretary also announced a $174 million funding boost to finish building a specialist "manufacturing and innovation" vaccine centre, a year ahead of schedule.

"In spite of the tireless efforts of our scientist, it is possible that we may never find a successful coronavirus vaccine", Sharma is believed to have said, as per a Mint report quoting news agency ANI.

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He said: "Last month I announced a new vaccine task force to co-ordinate the efforts of Government, academia and industry in the critical mission to find a vaccine".

He said another £93m will be put into the building of a vaccine centre - now scheduled to open in summer 2021 - which would be able to produce enough vaccines for the entire United Kingdom population within six months.

Boris Johnson cautioned in an article for the Mail on Sunday that there remained "a very long way to go" in developing an effective vaccine, adding: "I must be frank that a vaccine might not come to fruition".

"So we also need to look at other drug treatments and therapeutics for those who get the virus", he said at the Downing Street daily briefing.

"We have committed funds to conduct these clinical trials, which could start as early as late June, pending the responses from relevant health bodies", BAT said in a statement. "If positive results are seen they will advance to larger scale trials".

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