COVID- 19 Vaccine: Human Trial Starts Today
University of Oxford will start human trial of its coronavirus vaccine from April 23 according to UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock. The official said that the government had thrown everything at developing a vaccine.
Presently, the universities of Oxford and Imperial College are working on developing a potential coronavirus vaccine in UK. Matt Hancock said that he could announce that the vaccine from the Oxford project would be trialed on people from April 23. He further said that it would take years to achieve this stage in normal times but he was very proud of the work taken that far. Hancock was speaking in a press conference that was later broadcasted on Twitter.
Coronavirus vaccine fund
The UK government had allocated GBP 44.5 million (Rs. 420 crore) to both the universities working on coronavirus vaccine. The allocated fund would be used for clinical trails that ad been making rapid progress, added the secretary. He further said that the government was ready to fund manufacturing of the vaccine.
In case, either of the vaccine works safely, the government will pump finance in manufacturing to boost production and made the vaccines available for UK citizens as humanely as possible.
UK coronavirus cases
According to data shared by the UK Department of Health and Social Care, the country had 129,044 confirm cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of deaths due to coronavirus were 17,337 till Tuesday.