Millions of people have been infected by the deadly coronavirus since the outbreak started in January 2020. More than 1.3 million people have lost their lives to the virus, with thousands still suffering from what is now being called ”long covid”. With restrictions imposed on nations across the globe, the development of a vaccine is considered essential to halt the spread of the deadly virus. Express.co.uk has all the details about what this vaccine could mean for you.
There are currently dozens of vaccines being developed across the world.
In the UK we have the University of Oxford vaccine, which works by taking a lesser virus and mutating it so it is no longer harmful
Others, like the Modern vaccine in the USA or the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, use synthetic DNA which helps the body created proteins to fight the coronavirus.
It’s thought the first vaccine to be approved could be available by the end of this year. But not everyone seems to trust in the science, with just 58 percent of Americans say they’d sign up for the jab in a Gallup poll taken in November.
READ MORE: Covid vaccine ALREADY been looked at by UK regulator, decision in days
Regulators will take the safety of any new coronavirus vaccine “very seriously” and be rigorous looking at the data, a former government chief scientific adviser has said.
Professor Sir Mark Walport said he had “complete confidence” in the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) who he says will look at the data in a “rigorous fashion”.