UK to start human COVID-19 vaccine trials

22 April 2020

Written by: Sam Hughes

Scientists making rapid progress on vaccine

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced plans to start trialling a COVID-19 vaccine on humans starting this week.

At Downing Street’s daily press conference Mr Hancock said coronavirus vaccines are being developed by scientists at Oxford University and a team at Imperial College in London.

“Both of these promising projects are making rapid progress, and I’ve told the scientists leading them that we’ll do everything in our power to support.”

Mr Hancock said the UK Government would use every resource needed to try and be the first country to create a working vaccine.

“At the same time, we’ll invest in manufacturing capability, so if either of these vaccines safely works, then we can make it available for the British people as soon as humanly possible.”

Funding of 20 million pounds, equal to $39 million, has been made available for the two projects by the UK Health Ministry.

The UK is fourth worst affected country in Europe, behind Italy, France and Spain, with 129,044 confirmed cases and 17,337 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.


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