The first batch of volunteers for the Coronavirus vaccine trial have been given their doses in the UK, where about 18, 738 persons have died so far. Scientists have said they were sure, the vaccine would be ready latest by September.
More than 800 volunteers were were given injections of the trial vaccine yesterday, Thursday, as the UK became the first European nation to begin human trials. The vaccine, they said has been under development at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, for the past three months.
Half of the candidates will be injected with the coronavirus vaccine, made from a weakened version of the common cold virus from chimpanzees, while the other half will be given a meningitis vaccine.
But the volunteers will not be told which vaccine they have received.
Microbiologist and volunteer Elisa Granato told the BBC: “Well I’m a scientist so of course I want to try and support the scientific process wherever I can and since I don’t study viruses I felt a bit useless these days so I felt this is a very easy way for me to support the cause.”
Professor of vaccinology at the Jenner Institute, Sarah Gilbert, who led the pre-clinical research, said she was 80 per cent confident about the outcome of the vaccine.