Researchers from the University of Oxford believe they have made a potential breakthrough in the development of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Antibodies and T-cells
The human trials work by taking blood samples of the volunteers and analysing them.
A source told the newspaper that the combination of antibodies and T-cells “will hopefully keep people safe.”
The Chairman of the Berkshire Research Ethics Committee, David Carpenter, who approved the Oxford trial, told The Telegraph that the team was “absolutely on track.”
He said, “They can strengthen findings by targeting people in hospitals, healthcare professionals, where the spread is [more] likely to happen.
When will the vaccine be available?
Carpenter said, “Nobody can put final dates… things might go wrong but the reality is that working with a big pharma company, that vaccine could be fairly wildly available around September and that is the sort of target they are working on.”
Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “We’re all working towards the best case scenario, we’re all giving AstraZeneca and the team at Oxford, and the Imperial vaccine, every possible support, we’re working with other potential vaccines around the world, in America, and Germany and the Netherlands.
Hancock said that the list of professionals who can legally vaccinate people would not only include GPs but also technicians, nurses and pharmacists.