UK Begins Coronavirus Vaccine Trial, First Patient Injected (Read Details)


It was reported that the first human trial in UK of a coronavirus vaccine has begun in Oxford and the first patient has been injected.

Out of more than 800 people recruited for the study, two human volunteers were injected with the coronavirus vaccine for the trial.

Scientist pictured above, Elisa Granato, was the first volunteer to be injected and she said she volunteered because she wanted to try to support the scientific process.

Half of those who volunteered will receive the Covid-19 vaccine, and half a control vaccine which protects against meningitis but not coronavirus.

And the design of the trial means volunteers will not know which vaccine they are getting, though doctors will. The vaccine was developed under three months by a team at Oxford University.

The research was led by Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the Jenner Institute, led the pre-clinical research.

However, she said; Personally I have a high degree of confidence in this vaccine, and of course, we have to test it and get data from humans. Further added saying; we have to demonstrate it actually works and stops people getting infected with coronavirus before using the vaccine in the wider population.

Because the Coronavirus vaccine is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus (known as an adenovirus) from chimpanzees that has been modified so it cannot grow in humans, according to BBC.

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