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The British government’s science advisor, Patrick Valance, has announced that the United Kingdom has made significant progress in installing an emerging coronavirus vaccine, considering it may be ready in the spring of 2021.
“On the issue of vaccines, it represents the response to all of this, and the progress that has been achieved is significant,” Valence said at a joint press conference on Tuesday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sonak.
Commenting on the duration of the vaccine delivery process, he explained: “Just 3 or 4 years ago, the natural answer to this question was that preparing the vaccine would take 20 years, but now there is a vaccine in the UK that can be used in the first clinical tests in April.”
“I still think we will be lucky if we get a vaccine available for mass use a year after the start of this process, and this will be extraordinary, but there is progress,” added the science adviser to the British government.
Several countries are currently preparing vaccines against the emerging coronavirus, “COVID-19”, which began spreading from the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019 and infected at least 200,000 people in about 150 countries.
The United States has previously announced the start of vaccine clinical tests it is working on, while China has confirmed that it is currently developing 8 different vaccines, and has officially allowed the start of the first clinical tests.