UK could have Covid-19 vaccine by 2021
London, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The United Kingdom could have a vaccine against Covid-19 ready by mid-2021, if clinical trials at the Imperial College of London are successful, a prominent scientist at that institution said the eve.
Professor Robin Shattock, leader of the team looking for an antidote to the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, told Sky News on Sunday that if all goes well and funds appear to buy the vaccine, there will be enough doses to immunise the entire British population.
He clarified, however, that it is not yet certain that any of the vaccine candidates currently being worked on will yield results, because scientists do not know, he said, the level of immunity people will need to prevent infection.
If you only need a small amount of immunity, then I think most of the vaccines that are being worked on right now will work, but if you need a stronger immune response, or a particular quality, then some candidates will have to be ruled out, Shattock explained.
He also stressed that any vaccine candidate must be introduced very cautiously, and that at least two years of clinical trials are usually required before it is massively applied to the population.
Of course, we can't wait two years for this vaccine, nor for any of those that are being developed, he conceded, alluding to the strong pressures that the scientific community is under to obtain an antidote that will slow down the pandemic and revive the world economy.
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