United Kingdom Business Secretary Alok Sharma says "possible we may never find a successful COVID-19 vaccine"

United Kingdom Business Secretary Alok Sharma says "possible we may never find a successful COVID-19 vaccine"



United Kingdom Business Secretary Alok Sharma says "possible we may never find a successful COVID-19 vaccine"

United Kingdom Business Secretary Alok Sharma said, "possible we may never find a successful coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine." However, Sharma said “two of the world’s frontrunners to develop a vaccine are right here in the UK, at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London."

Sharma also announced new government funding for both of the vaccine programs.

“The first clinical trial of the Oxford vaccine is progressing well, with all phase one participants having received their vaccine dose on schedule earlier this week. They’re now being monitored closely by the clinical trial team," Sharma said.

“Imperial College is also making good progress, and we will be looking to move into clinical trials by mid-June, with larger scale trials planned to begin in October,” he added.

Sharma said the government is thinking about how the vaccine would be manufactured if it is successful.

“I can also confirm that, with government support, Oxford University has finalized a global licensing agreement with AstraZeneca for the commercialization and manufacturing of the Oxford vaccine. This means that, if the vaccine is successful, AstraZeneca will work to make 30 million doses available by September for the UK, as part of an agreement to develop 100 million doses in total,” Sharma said.
He promised the UK “will be the first to get access," and will also ensure that “we’re able to make the vaccine available to developing countries at the lowest possible cost."

Sharma also announced that six drugs aimed at fighting the virus have now entered live clinical trials.