A British microbiologist was injected with a potential coronavirus vaccine in the first human trial in the United Kingdom administered by a large university.
Elisa Granato was one of the first two volunteers for the Oxford University trial, in which around 1,100 people will participate.
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“I’m a scientist, so I wanted to try to support the scientific process wherever I could,” said Granato, 32, at the BBC.
The vaccine, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, is a weakened version of a common cold virus that causes infections in chimpanzees, said Oxford.
The virus has been genetically modified, so there is no way it can develop in humans.
Healthy people between the ages of 18 and 55 are eligible for the test.
The study will determine whether the vaccine causes “unacceptable side effects” and “induces good immune responses”, with participants documenting any symptoms in an electronic journal.
Lead researcher and professor of vaccinology, Sarah Gilbert, told the BBC that she “has a high level of confidence in this vaccine.”
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But the university concedes a “significant proportion” of vaccines that reach clinical trials are not working.
“If we are unable to show that the vaccine protects against the virus, we will review progress, consider alternative approaches, such as the use of different number of doses, and potentially stop the program,” he said. he declares.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government was “doing everything” to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus.