Coronavirus: Vaccine trial could be done by August, says Oxford professor
Professor Sir John Bell has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that human trials on a potential coronavirus vaccine could be completed by late summer.
Clinical trials on a coronavirus vaccine which have begun at Oxford University could be finished by August, a chief adviser to the UK government has told the BBC.
Scientists at the university began human trials on Thursday and expect to “get a signal” next month of whether this potential vaccine can have a significant effect on the virus, Sir John Bell, a professor at Oxford, said on Saturday.
"Will it have efficacy? Will it protect people?"
“The real question is will it have efficacy? Will it protect people?” Bell, who is a member of the government’s vaccine taskforce, told Radio 4’s Today programme.
“That has not been tested and it will only be tested once you have vaccinated a significant number of people and exposed them to the virus and counted how many people have got the virus in that population.
"So, we won’t even get a signal for that until May.
He continued: “But if things go on course and it does have efficacy, then I think it is reasonable to think that they would be able to complete their trial by mid-August.”
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