It is no news that the world has been grappling with a pandemic caused by a strain of Corona virus known as Covid- 19. The novel virus has taken the lives of many around the globe with the US ranking top in the number of cases with the Corona virus.
So far, a lot of research has been conducted and is still ongoing in search for a lasting solution to this global threatening crisis which has caused a lot of restrictions to be placed on human movements around the world so as to curb the spread of the virus.
The virus is one that has been said to have no vaccine yet anywhere in the world. However, on Tuesday,21st April,2020, the UK government through Britain’s Secretary of State for Health and Social care, Matt Hancock made the announcement in a press briefing that clinical trials would begin today, Thursday, 23rd April, 2020.
The ChAdOx1 nCoV- 19 vaccine is the name of the new vaccine developed at the University of Oxford. The vaccine testing is to start the Phase 0 trials which would be conducted by giving out small doses of the drugs to a small group of 10-15 people in order to ensure that the drug is safe enough for use by a large number of people .
The director of the Jenner Institute, University of London disclosed that the team aims to have about a million doses by September once the efficacy of the vaccine is guaranteed.
With this, we can say that there’s some hope underway. Hopefully, the vaccines would turn out to be effective and then a large number of people can begin to be administered the vaccine as experts have come out to say that only a vaccine would put an end to the Corona virus.
Meanwhile, we have to continue to abide by the restrictions put in place by the government;maintain a good hygiene, maintain social distancing, keep washing your hands and keep sanitizing. Together we would kick Covid-19 out of our world.