THE coronavirus vaccine could be ready to give in the form of an inhaler by next month, it was reported.
Trials of a vaccine being developed by Oxford University are currently ongoing with the initial target of September to be available to the public.
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Scientist carries out a quality control test for the vaccine being developed in OxfordCredit: Reuters
Drug company Astra Zeneca has said it will produce the vaccine light so it’s ready when final approval is given and intends to produce two billion doses thanks to funding from Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates.
The Oxford University team are reportedly “80 per cent confident” the Covid-19 vaccine work in younger people and say the vaccine could be given using a device like an asthma inhaler next month.
The news came in an online lecture for Oxford University’s Centre for Personalised Medicine given by team member Professor Adrian Hill, the Daily Mail reports.
He said that clinical trials will end when the vaccine has clearly been found to protect people.
“We are guessing that might be around about August time – it might be before if cases do not decline as quickly as we expect, or be later if we run out of cases,” he said.
The Oxford trial began back in April and began recruiting up to 10,260 adults over 55 and children.
AstraZeneca has already agreed to supply 100 million doses of the potential vaccine to the UK.
It has also signed a massive $1 billion deal for a coronavirus vaccine with the U.S government.
The Anglo-Swedish firm will supply 400 million doses of the Covid-19 drug currently being developed by the University of Oxford.
The drug is still undergoing trials at the university’s Jenner Institute, which is working with the Oxford Vaccine Group on the project.
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The order from US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority comes after demands for from Donald Trump for a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, as part of program dubbed ‘Operation Warp Speed’.
Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment available for Covid-19 but doctors across the globe are testing current anti-viral drugs to see if they can beat coronavirus.
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