First patients injected in UK Covid vaccine trial - (BBC News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The first clinical trial in Europe for a potential COVID-19 vaccine has begun in Oxford, with two participants injected out of an anticipated 800 recruited for the study, reported BBC News.

  • Half will receive the experimental COVID-19 vaccine, while the other half will get a control vaccine which protects against meningitis, but not coronavirus.

  • The vaccine was developed in under three months by a team at Oxford University, with  Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the Jenner Institute, leading the pre-clinical research.

  • Gilbert previously said she was "80% confident" the vaccine would work, but now prefers not to put a figure on it, saying simply she is "very optimistic" about its chances.

  • Scientists there hope to have one million doses ready by September, and to dramatically scale up manufacturing after that, should the vaccine prove effective.

  • However, Gilbert says that has not been decided yet, adding "it's not really our role to dictate what will happen, we just have to try to get a vaccine that works and have enough of it and then it will be for others to decide."

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