Professor Adrian Hill, founder and director of the university’s Jenner Institute, claims that the vaccine should be approved before the holidays so that it can be used by doctors and the elderly.
Scientists working on a coronavirus vaccine at Oxford University say the vaccine is on track to be ready for risk groups before Christmas.
Professor Adrian Hill, who is leading the project, said the vaccine will be ready for selected groups in time for Christmas.
“They will want to see more data on safety and perhaps efficacy before they grant a license to vaccinate all individuals.
According to the Daily Mail, Professor Hill, speaking online to members of Magdalen College in Oxford, said: “The original license would have been for emergency use, not for full licensure.
According to Professor Hill, the vaccine will then be introduced in the rest of the UK from early 2021 – reports Mirror Online.
According to Professor Hill, the drug and health product regulatory authority was “fantastic”.
In this country our priorities are quite clear… we will vaccinate high-risk individuals before we vaccinate the young, fit and healthy people who are at lower risk. I think most countries will do that.
“So what we’re looking for this year is an ’emergency permit’ that allows us to vaccinate the most vulnerable people first and then all others early next year.
The vaccine from Oxford is currently in Phase III trials with over 20,000 participants in the UK, Brazil, South Africa and Japan.
He said: “That’s why we say this is one of the best countries in the world to conduct clinical trials – we have a well-informed, sensible regulatory body that makes decisions based on risk-based analysis, not dogmatic rules”.
The vaccine, named ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, is made from the ChAdOx1 virus, a weakened version of a common cold virus that causes infections in chimpanzees and has been genetically modified to grow in humans.
The researchers explained: “By vaccinating with ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, we hope to get the body to recognize the spike protein and develop an immune response to it that will help stop the SARS CoV-2 virus from entering human cells, thereby preventing infection.
The Minister of Health gave hope to those seeking a return to normality after the long, dark winter by saying that his “central expectation” would be in full swing by July.
While Professor Hill is certain that the vaccine will be introduced to the public from early 2021, Matt Hancock claims that the “bulk” of the launch will take place next summer.
“My key expectation is that the majority of the launch will take place in the first half of next year.
Mr Hancock told the BBC: “We want to be prepared in case everything goes perfectly, but it is not my central expectation that we will do that this year. The program is progressing well, we are not yet ready….