Deputy chief medical officer for England has said on Thursday that he is “hopeful’ Oxford vaccine will be approved before Christmas
Speaking to the BBC Professor Van-Tam was asked if the Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine could be given the green light before Christmas.
He said, “I’m hopeful that would happen, but it’s entirely out of my hands.
“It’s in the hands of the regulator, the MHRA, they take a very firm line and we take a very firm line that they are independent, that they must do what they do in their own time.
“And if that takes them a few weeks, that’s fine.
“If it has to take them a few months, because they have to ask further questions, or they need a piece more data from the manufacturer, that’s also fine.
“We go at the speed of science on that one, we do not rush them in any way, shape or form – that’s utterly wrong.”
The deputy chief medical officer said that life will not immediately return back to normal once people have been vaccinated, until they are “confident” as to how it works.
He added, “Until we are properly confident of how the vaccine works and properly confident that disease levels are dropping, even if you have had the vaccine, you are going to need to continue to follow all the rules that apply for a while longer.”