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One step closer to a coronavirus vaccine

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 22 July 2020

 

It’s been a tough six months, but it may be time for cautious optimism. Early data shows that the coronavirus vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca leads to a strong antibody response – meaning effective protection could be within reach.

Rebecca Ashfield, a scientist working on the trial, explains the encouraging news that within 28 days, the vaccine induced antibodies in all the people who received it. The vaccine also induces T cells that recognise the coronavirus – another clue that it will offer protection.

The crucial next step is to confirm that the vaccine actually stops people from getting COVID-19. All eyes will be on the next round of tests taking place in South Africa and Brazil.

Rob Reddick

Commissioning Editor, COVID-19

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