Human trial of new coronavirus vaccine begins in UK

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Tentatively named as the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine, it is licensed to AstraZeneca.

In fact, experts from Oxford University have already started their human trials.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the British government's chief scientific advisor, says that the Oxford study is probably the "most advanced" in the world.

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Prince William also met with the director of the vaccine group, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity at the University of Oxford, Andrew Pollard, and a number of volunteers.

Tackling COVID-19 requires the whole world to unite behind the urgent and critical need to develop and distribute tests, treatments, and vaccines against COVID-19, and ensure these tools are made available to everyone, everywhere. The University of Witwatersrand is collaborating with the University of Oxford and the Oxford Jenner Institute on the South African trial.

"This vaccine has shown very good results in trials with chimpanzees and has already moved on to the next phase of human trials". Several traditional vaccines are based on a weakened or modified form of virus or parts of it.

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During a webinar of the Spanish Society of Rheumatology, Professor Hill said that they are expecting results of the clinical trials by August or September and the vaccine on the market by October, reported a leading United Kingdom daily. The virus has been genetically altered so that it can't cause infection in humans.

Junior Mhlongo, a volunteer who received the vaccine at a hospital in Johannesburg, said: "I feel a little bit scared, but I want to know what is going on with this vaccine so that I can tell my friends and others". The vaccine has been produces in a way to contain the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in humans.

US-based Moderna Inc. and China's Sinovac Biotech will begin the final stage trials of their vaccines next month. Oxford University along with AstraZeneca Plc have been working on a vaccine for coronavirus from some time. Hearteningly, we have both the skills and opportunity to harness South Africa's tech innovators right now to ensure that we are well-prepared for a vaccine - and have in place the best systems for its safe and efficient distribution.

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