A coronavirus vaccine could be just three months away for Brits – and everyone could have had it by next Easter, it has been reported.
The UK currently has agreements in place to obtain 30million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, 60 million doses of the Valneva vaccine with an option of 40 million more, 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that is being developed with the University of Oxford and 60 million doses of a vaccine being developed by Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline.
In August the Government also inked deals with Janssen and Novavax for a further 90 million doses of potential coronavirus vaccines.
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And now it is being claimed the vaccine being worked on by Oxford scientists could be approved, mass-produced and rolled out across the UK within six months – if not quicker.
Sources claim scientists in Oxford who are working on the vaccine and are anticipating it will be approved by early next year.
Rules are being drawn up to allow a much wider group of healthcare staff to give the jabs, and training will begin within weeks.
According to The Times, new rules would allow a greater number of people to administer the vaccine – speeding up the process.
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There would also be drive-thru vaccination centres, with the military brought in to help
A government source told The Times: "We are looking at closer to six months and it is likely to be far shorter than that."
But other officials are more cautions. A Royal Society report suggested it could take up to a year to successfully distribute a dose of the vaccine to every adult in the UK.
They believe that while priority groups could be targeted, it would depend on the successful roll out and administration of the vaccine in the first few months.
It is likely the elderly and vulnerable will be vaccinated first alongside key workers such as NHS and healthcare staff.
The drug under development at Oxford University with Astrazeneca is the most advanced backed by the UK Government.
Human trials have been taking place since April and scientists remain confident that it could get approved by the end of this year, or the beginning of 2021.
A vaccine could also mean that industries currently still shut down under coronavirus regulations would finally be able to open back up.
At the end of September, Skills Minister Gillian Keegan hinted that places like nightclubs could remain shut until a successful vaccination is approved, as some jobs "don't fit" coronavirus.
To have everyone vaccinated in six months would take 600,000 jabs a day, rising to 1.2 million a day to do the same within three months.
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