The Oxford coronavirus vaccine could still be ready by the end of this year or early next year, the company developing it has claimed, despite trials being paused this week. Pascal Soriot, the CEO of drug giant AstraZeneca, told an online event he thought vaccine development remained ‘on track’ but they would have to wait for permission from an independent safety panel before resuming research. Trials were paused on Wednesday after a British woman who received the vaccine reportedly suffered transverse myelitis, or a swelling of the spinal cord. The company has denied these claims, and said more tests are needed before a final diagnosis can be made. The Government’s chief scientist, Sir Patrick Vallance, warned yesterday that a coronavirus vaccine may not be ready until after Christmas. Oxford’s vaccine is one of nine candidates in the world to have reached stage three clinical trials, and has been earmarked as most promising by the World Health Organisation. Millions of doses have been ordered by nations around the world, should the vaccine prove effective and safe to use. The CEO of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot (pictured), said he still thought the vaccine would be ready by the end of this year Oxford… Read full this story
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