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A vaccine for coronavirus could be ready by September, says Oxford scientists



As the world are racing against time to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this one might be the fastest as scientists working on trials are optimistic that it could be ready and may hit the market sooner than we thought. 




According to reports, a COVID-19 vaccine could be available as early as September of this year. Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford who leads a team of scientists said in an interview by The Times UK.




"I think there's a high chance that it will work based on other things that we have done with this type of vaccine. It's not just a hunch and as every week goes by we have more data to look at... I would go for 80%, that's my personal view," the professor explained.

Most experts reported that coronavirus vaccine could take more than a year to develop and distributed to market. But professor Gilbert wants to accelerate the clinical trial process, in fact Bloomberg article tells that the team of researchers are scheduling 500 people ages 18 to 55 for vaccine testing. This will soon be followed by a final trial stage of 5,000 people.

“If one of those (places) turns out to have a high rate of virus transmission then we will get our efficacy results very quickly, so that is one strategy for reducing the time,” she said.

According to the World Health Organization, 70 other vaccines against coronavirus are in development. This vaccine from the Oxford team will be among the first to enter clinical trials.




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