Oxford-developed vaccine safe, rises hope
July 20th, 2020 at 8:25 pm
Oxford-developed vaccine safe, rises hope

International desk ;– The Oxford University-developed vaccine to treat the novel coronavirus is appeared safe and trains the immune system, according to media reports.

The British Broadcasting Corporation reported the trials involving 1,077 people showed the vaccine led to them making antibodies and white blood cells that can effectively fight the virus.

The virus that emerged in Wuhan of China wreaked havoc across the globe creating a sense of insecurity at every place as it infected more than 14 million people with over 600,000 deaths.

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The Oxford University findings are hugely promising, but it is still too soon to know if this is enough to offer protection and larger trials are under way, the BBC says adding that the UK had ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine.

The vaccine – called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 – is being developed at unprecedented speed. It is made from a genetically engineered virus that causes the common cold in chimpanzees.

It has been heavily modified, first so it cannot cause infections in people and also to make it “look” more like coronavirus, the report said.

Scientists did this by transferring the genetic instructions for the coronavirus’s “spike protein” – the crucial tool it uses to invade our cells – to the vaccine they were developing.

This means the vaccine resembles the coronavirus and the immune system can learn how to attack it, according to BBC.

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