“If trials are successful, millions of doses of vaccine could be available for use by the autumn of this year, in a breakthrough which would potentially signal the start of the world’s slow emergence from an outbreak which has already claimed 175,000 lives and caused devastating economic damage,” one of the members of the Oxford team of scientists said.
Hancock noted that the government is ‘throwing everything’ to develop a vaccine. Particularly, the Oxford scientists were provided with £20 million for clinical trials. Besides, it is planned to allocate £22.5 million for researches at Imperial College London.
He also added that the government will invest in manufacturing and if the vaccine is safe, it will be available for the U.K. public as soon as possible.
Usually, the development of the vaccine takes 18 months and more. However, the Oxford scientists headed by Professor Sarah Gilbert suppose that the large-scale production of the drug may begin in September – in nine months after the determination of the virus in Chinese Wuhan.
As we reported, the Chinese scientists held successful testing of a vaccine against Covid-19 on macaques.