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Oxford University begins enrolling for coronavirus vaccine trial

Oxford University begins enrolling for coronavirus vaccine trial

Scientists from the University of Oxford have opened up their coronavirus vaccines for clinical trial recruitments as part of a rapid vaccine response to the coronavirus pandemic.
29.03.2020 - 10:08

Oxford scientists are enrolling the first volunteers to test a UK coronavirus vaccine, in a dramatic acceleration of the typical pace of drug development.

THE TRIAL WILL RECRUIT UP TO 510 HEALTHY ADULTS

The trial, a collaboration between the university's Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group clinical teams, will recruit up to 510 volunteers, who will receive either the coronavirus vaccine or a control injection for comparison.

Prof Adrian Hill, the director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, said: “Vaccines are being designed from scratch and progressed at an unprecedented rate. The upcoming trial will be critical for assessing the feasibility of vaccination against Covid-19 and could lead to early deployment.”


The Oxford team previously worked on a rapid vaccine response during the Ebola outbreak in west Africa in 2014. Hill said coronavirus had posed an “even greater challenge”.