‘High chance’ of coronavirus vaccine being developed, expert says

However, Professor Robin Shattock, head of mucosal infection and immunity at Imperial College London, said he thought a vaccine was not likely to be widely available until next year. It may be longer than any of us would want to think.” But Prof Shattock went on to say: “Obviously there could be some success, we could see some things working earlier if we get the numbers, and the AstraZeneca approach is preparing for that success.” Oxford have signed a global licensing agreement with AstraZeneca which could see it supply 100 million doses of a vaccine – with 30 million going to the UK – as soon as September, if one has been found by then. He told MPs in the Commons: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to come to an agreement with AstraZeneca that will ensure that if the science behind the Oxford vaccine works, and if it does it is likely to be one of the first available in the world, then we have agreement to make sure that 100 million doses are available for the UK, the first 30 million of whichwill be right at the start for the most vulnerable.