State Health Secretary Matt Hancock in the United Kingdom announced during a press conference that human tests of the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford would begin on Thursday. He believes that the best way to defeat coronavirus” is through a vaccine.
The process will be a “trial and error”, he said, but the UK was at the “front of the global effort” and had invested more money than any other country.
He said two leading vaccine developments at UK universities – Imperial College London and the University of Oxford would receive a total of £42.5m to support their clinical trials.
“Both of these promising projects are making rapid progress and I’ve told the scientists leading them we will do everything in our power to support.”
He added: “After all, the upside of being the first country in the world to develop a successful vaccine is so huge that I am throwing everything at it.”