Oxford coronavirus vaccine needed to get us back to normal has only 50% chance of working, top scientist
BRITAIN’S leading scientist in the hunt to find a coronavirus vaccine has warned that there is only a 50 per cent chance of success.
Professor Adrian Hill, who heads a team of experts at Oxford University, said the chances of discovering a vaccine were being rapidly reduced as Covid-19 cleared up.
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Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca announced this week a $1.2billion deal with the US government to produce 400million doses of an unproved coronavirus vaccine, dubbed ZD1222, which was first produced in Prof Hill’s lab.
The British government has also agreed to pay for up to 100m doses, saying some 30m may be ready for UK citizens by September.
Any vaccine would allow countries to lift any lockdown restrictions, allow people to return to work and get the economy moving again.
But Prof Hill, who is director of the university’s Jenner Institute, has said that because the virus is rapidly disappearing it reduces the chances of success.
With the country in lockdown this reduces the spread of the disease, making it harder for scientist to prove their vaccine has an impact.
Prof Hill, 61, told The Sunday Telegraph: “It is a race, yes. But it's not a race against the other guys. It's a race against the virus disappearing, and against time.
“We said earlier in the year that there was an 80 per cent chance of developing an effective vaccine by September.
“But at the moment, there’s a 50 ...
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