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Oxford University scientists develops a vaccine for COVID-19 that may be available by September

A vaccine for COVID-19 may be available this coming September, according to Oxford University scientists who are developing it. A total of 510 people between the ages of 18 and 55 have been recruited to take part in the human trial, The Times reported.

The vaccine may be ready as soon as September, Dr. Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at Oxford from the same team, told The Times on Saturday.

She said she was “80 percent confident” that the vaccine being developed by her team of researchers would work and would become available to the general public in about five months.

"This is my view, because I've worked with this technology a lot, and I've worked on the Mers-vaccine trials [another type of coronavirus], and I've seen what that can do,” Dr. Gilbert said. "And, I think, it has a very strong chance of working."

Over 80 potential vaccine candidates and treatments for coronavirus are being developed in labs around the world, most in pre-clinical stages. Research are taking place at unprecedented speed - years of work are being condensed into months.


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