A COVID-19 vaccine that has been developed by the University of Oxford appears to be safe to use and also seems to trigger a response from the bodies immune system.
Trials of the vaccine, which involved 1,077 people, have shown that the much-needed and highly anticipated vaccine prompts the human body to make the antibodies and white blood cells which are capable of fighting the virus.
Despite the promising results, it is still too soon to know if the vaccine is enough to immunise vast numbers of people.
The UK has already ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine as more extensive trials now get underway.
Professor Andrew Pollard, Group Lead of the Oxford University Vaccine Group, told Sky News that vaccine has a profile that is ‘very similar’ to other vaccines.
Professor Pollard also said that the trial had caused ‘strong immune responses’ in the volunteers which they think ‘may be associated with protection’.
But he added that ‘we must keep going with the clinical trials to really establish whether or not we can prevent the disease in our population with this strong immune response’.
When asked about side effects, Prof Pollard said that some people have flu-like symptoms, but that there were ‘no significant concerning side effects’.
Prof Pollard confirmed that 10,000 people around the world were now involved in the later stage trials, following on from the successful trials of the vaccine which involved 1,077 volunteers.
He added that the vaccine developed by the University had prompted the ‘neutralising antibodies’ – the antibodies which prevent the virus from infecting cells.
Prof Pollard also told Sky News that their vaccine also prompted the body to generate ‘T-cells’ which are the body’s white blood cells which can recognise any of the body’s cells which get infected with the virus before the body’s immune system destroys them.
If you have a story you want to tell, or video you want to share, send it to Emergency Services News via firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more news, videos, blogs and stories: @ES_News_
Can you help Emergency Services News?
We when set our website up in November 2018, we had a straightforward mission: to bring our readers factual stories, which are free from negative bias but which are enriched with qualified experience.
Each member of our in-house team of writers has served in either the armed forces, emergency services or NHS.
This means that we can bring our readers not only the stories which matter but also stories without the negative spin.
But we cannot do this without your help. As ad revenue – the staple income of most publishers – continues to fluctuate, then we need the help of our supporters and readers more than ever.
Become a donor: You can make a one-off or reoccurring donation via Paypal. CLICK HERE to become a donor
We would like to thank you in advance for your continued support.
Before you go...
WE NEED YOUR HELP. As former emergency services & armed forces personnel, we pride ourselves on bringing you important, fast-moving and breaking news stories & videos which are free from the negative 'anti' bias which is often directed at the emergency services & NHS by some sections of the mainstream media.
One of the reasons we started 'Emergency Services News' back in 2018 was because we became tired of reading badly informed stories about the emergency services.
We want to be the unheard voice of the remarkable men and women who serve in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces. And with around 500k page views each month, we are getting there!
As income from ads, the mainstay source of income for most publishers, continues to decline; we need the help of you, our readers.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.