An Oxford professor has claimed that the entire British population could be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus by the end of this year. According to Oxford University trial leader, Sir John Bell, a COVID-19 vaccine could possibly be available by autumn, prompting excitement that a safe jab against the SARS-CoV-2 virus may be available by the end of 2020. The professor predicts that if everything goes well as planned, vaccinations can begin as early as September, reported Express.co.uk. He said that clinical trials can be conducted in the way that the Jenner Institute scientists have done, which are much faster and much more efficient than the usual approaches to vaccine development. The Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine candidate against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, AZD1222, is currently in Phase 2/3 clinical trials in the UK. The vaccine will be tested in Brazil in July, where some 2,000 Brazilians will participate in the trials. AstraZeneca had signed a ‘landmark deal’ with the Oxford University team and it hopes to make 100 million doses by the end of the year if the vaccine trials prove successful. He states that a vaccine can be available a little by the end of 2020 and if the program is successful then a global program is likely to take place too.
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