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Wuhan coronavirus: UK scientists reduce vaccine development time from 2 to 3 years to 14 days

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 5, 2020
Professor Robin Shattock says his team have made a significant breakthrough by reducing a part of the normal development time from "two to three years to just 14 days".
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Health in China   Professor Robin Shattock
Professor Robin Shattock, head of mucosal infection and immunity at Imperial College London, said the team will now be able to start testing the vaccine on animals as early as next week, with the hope that human studies could take place in the summer.

Topics: Wuhan coronavirus vaccine UK

Speaking to Sky News he said: "Conventional approaches usually take at least two to three years before you even get to the clinic. And we've gone from that sequence to generating a candidate in the laboratory in 14 days.