UK doctors on alert for COVID vaccine roll-out before Christmas

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Doctors in England have been put on standby for the possible roll-out of a coronavirus vaccine before Christmas, which would potentially turn the tide in the fight against the pandemic.

Andrew Pollard, Chief Trial Investigator at the University of Oxford, said he’s optimistic results could come before the end of the year to show whether the experimental vaccine will work.

“We’re getting closer, but we’re not there yet,” he told a hearing of Parliament’s science committee on Wednesday. There’s a “small chance” a vaccine could begin to be distributed to people by Christmas, he said, adding that the time lines aren’t yet clear.

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