UK likely to have coronavirus vaccine by early next year says Secretary HancockChristian Fernsby ▼ | September 7, 2020
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Monday claimed a coronavirus vaccine is most likely to be ready in the first few months of 2021, if it gets approved.
UK Secretary Matt Hancock
His statement came at a time when countries, such as Britain, China, Russia and the United States, are engaged in a race against time to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.
The manufacturing of doses was already starting, Hancock said, so that it could be "rolled out" across the country when given the all-clear.
A vaccine would be a game-changer in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, giving vital protection particularly to the elderly and other vulnerable people, though it could take many months to roll out across the population, said the newspaper.
Britain may also be facing difficult months this autumn and winter because coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are expected to rise, though doctors have significantly improved care, raising hopes that the death rate will be far lower. ■