İrem GÖL -TDO- A massive effort is under way to develop a UK vaccine for coronavirus within months and make it available to save lives before the end of the year. Researchers at Oxford University, led by Prof Sarah Gilbert, are planning a safety trial on humans of what is expected to be the first coronavirus vaccine next months. Provided that it goes smoothly, they will move directly into a larger trial to assess how effective the vaccine is at protecting against the infection. The same vaccine will start animal trials next week.
At the moment, there are more than20 vaccines in development. One has begun human trials after unussually skipping any animal research to test either safety or effectiveness of the vaccine. But even if scientists can celebrate having developed a vaccine this year, there is still the massive job of being able to mass-produce it. In means, realistically, one would not be ready until at least the middle of next year.