Covid-19 vaccine could be ready by end of 2020, says Health Secretary

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has not “ruled out” a coronavirus vaccine being ready by the end of 2020.

He admitted the vaccine was “not there yet” – however, it’s close.

He said: “I don’t rule that out but that is not my central expectation.”

The best possible starting date to roll-out the inoculation would be the first half of 2021.

Mr Hancock said:

“We want to be ready in case everything goes perfectly but it’s not my central expectation that we’ll be doing that this year.

“But the programme is progressing well, we’re not there yet.”

The University of Oxford is developing the serum.



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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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