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Vaccine professor warns Covid jab won't be available until next year

Vaccine professor warns Covid jab won't be available until next year”

Oxford had finalised a global licensing agreement with global pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca for the commercial manufacturing of its vaccine, Mr Sharma said.

The British government is investing a further £84 million in the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine as ministers announced a ground-breaking deal which could make millions of doses available in the United Kingdom as early as September.

"Their work has meant that two of the frontrunners for developing a vaccine are here in the United Kingdom - at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London".

Mr Sharma has announced that Britain's first vaccines manufacturing innovation centre is expected to open in summer 2021, a year ahead of schedule at Harwell in Oxfordshire.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference, Mr Sharma said that the first clinical trial for a vaccine at the University of Oxford is progressing well.

"But if, and it is a big if, a successful vaccine is available later this year, we will need to be in a position to manufacture that to scale and quickly", he added.

"It may be possible that we never find a successful coronavirus vaccine".

"This facility will support efforts to ensure a vaccine is widely available for the United Kingdom public as soon as possible".

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That said, Sharma's admission that "we never find a successful coronavirus vaccine" may worry some.

The vaccine trial at Imperial College is also making good progress, according to Sharma, who says that the effort is looking to move into clinical trials by mid-June with larger-scale trials planned to start in October.

THE government said today that it would make the developing Covid-19 vaccine available to "developing countries at the lowest possible cost".

The potential for antibody-dependent enhancement of the disease is considered as one of the key challenges with vaccines against the coronavirus species, the experts said.

Writing in The Mail on Sunday, he said: "There remains a very long way to go, and I must be frank that a vaccine might not come to fruition".

Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: "We do not yet know which if any vaccine will work".

The clinical test was carried out by the National Institutes of Health, and the USA government has invested a half billion dollars in the development of Moderna's vaccine candidate. It is more than likely that at least one will prove effective and safe.

Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, said in a statement: "We now have a partner in AstraZeneca who are ideally positioned to help us evaluate the vaccine, manufacture it and distribute it to United Kingdom citizens as well as to the rest of the world".

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