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Oxford University promises coronavirus vaccine by September

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A vaccine for COVID-19 could be ready as soon as September, according to a professor from Oxford University. Sarah Gilbert is a professor of vaccinology and says that she is “80% confident” a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by her team will work.

By Yana Mir
Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University

Her team at Oxford is part of a global effort to find a vaccine for coronavirus which has killed more than 100,000 people around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. .

Professor Gilbert has said that human trials are set to take place within the next fortnight, and that she has been working seven days a week to get a vaccine rushed through.

 “I think there’s a high chance that it will work based on other things that we have done with this type of vaccine.

“It’s not just a hunch and as every week goes by we have more data to look at. I would go for 80%, that’s my personal view.”

She added that having something ready by the autumn is “just about possible if everything goes perfectly”, but warned that “nobody can promise it’s going to work”.

The lockdown in the UK could make it more difficult to test the vaccine, as human contact is low, so researchers will have to conduct trials somewhere with a higher rate of transmission, to get a quicker result.

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