When will there be a COVID-19 Vaccine
To race to find a COVID-19 vaccine is well underway but there is still a long way to go until before a vaccine can be made safely available.
The normal process of vaccine development takes many years but with Coronavirus still posing a significant threat to the worldwide population, countries are racing to create viable vaccines as soon as possible.
With trials taking place in a variety of countries including the UK, progress is being made but the exact time frame for when a viable vaccine will be available to the general public is still uncertain. When it is available, the UK government has pre-ordered 100 million doses from a variety of sources to ensure we have enough for the entire population.
When will a vaccine be ready?
Currently over 100 different COVID-19 vaccines are in development, with around twenty in clinical trials. One of the most promising vaccines is being developed by Oxford University here in the UK and has been proven to trigger immune responses in test subjects. Other trials in the US and China also show promise and have had similar results.
While this is great news until full trials can take place, results analysed and peer-reviewed, and side effects examined, the chances of getting a working vaccine anytime soon is still a slim chance. Developing the vaccine is only part of the problem. Once it has gotten certified, it then has to be made in bulk for every person in the country.
Other articles in this series:
What is a vaccine?
While we strive to provide accurate information at the time of writing, the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic may mean that there are some inaccuracies. Please refer to GOV.UK for the latest information.
It is strongly recommended that speak to your doctor if you have questions about vaccines and/or COVID-19.