A mass coronavirus vaccine could be just “three months away” for all adults across the UK, as scientists working on the Oxford vaccine suggest regulators could approve it this year.
According to The Times newspaper, citing government sources who are involved in the process, they are expecting regulatory approval for the vaccine by the end of this year of within six months.
A government source was quoted, “We are looking at closer to six months and it is likely to be far shorter than that.”
However, it was also reported that there could be challenges and delays in distributing a vaccine on scale across the UK, and it could be up to a year before everyone is vaccinated.
Co-author of the report Nilay Shah, head of Imperial College London’s department of chemical engineering said, “Even when the vaccine is available it doesn’t mean within a month everybody is going to be vaccinated. We’re talking about six months, nine months… a year.
“There’s not a question of life suddenly returning to normal in March.”
It is most likely that the elderly and most vulnerable groups would be vaccinated first and then on to the lower groups.