UK will take 'priority' for new COVID-19 vaccine that is predicted to be ready next year

Professor Robin Shattock told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge that a coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out to the UK by early next year. Professor Shattock added that there are enough vaccines for us to supply the whole of the UK.

Professor Shattock said: “We anticipate if everything goes well that we will get an answer to whether it works by early next year.

“We have put in place the infrastructure to make enough vaccine for the whole of the UK.

“So assuming that the funding is there to purchase that vaccine we could have that vaccine rolled out across the UK in the first half of next year.”

Ms Ridge asked: “Would the UK take priority in that scenario?”

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Professor Shattock replied: “Well they would but only because the UK has funded us up to this stage.”

Yesterday Matt Hancock confirmed that the UK will not join the European Union’s vaccine programme.

The Health Secretary told TimesRadio’s Cathy Newman that the UK has got a very sophisticated domestic programme for developing the vaccine including two of the most developed candidates in the world.

Mr Hancock highlighted the Oxford vaccine as being widely recognised as the most advanced vaccine in the world. 

Watch the full interview 

“We have also been putting in place contracts with other vaccine developers globally to make sure that if another vaccine from around the world comes off or can add to the programme then we will have access to that.

“Rather than disrupt that programme by joining the EU programme where we wouldn’t have any say in those matters we are carrying on with our own.”

At the time of writing, Britain has the ninth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. 

The UK has more than 289,000 cases in total at the time of writing.

The death toll in Britain is currently over 44,000.


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