Coronavirus: ‘More than one vaccine’ will be available early in 2021, SAGE scientist says

More than one coronavirus vaccine will be available in the first quarter of 2021, a government scientific adviser has told Sky News.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, who sits on the SAGE committee, said: “I think in the first quarter of next year we will have vaccines – will have more than one vaccine.”

His optimism echoes that of Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, who has reportedly said a mass rollout of the jab being created at Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca could happen as early as December.

Thousands of NHS staff will be trained to administer a vaccine before the end of the year, The Sunday Times added.

Another multinational drug company, Pfizer, has already manufactured several hundred thousand doses of a jab at a plant in Belgium, the Mail on Sunday said.

It is reportedly hoping to make 100m doses available this year, 40m of which are destined for the UK.

Sir Jeremy, speaking on Sophy Ridge On Sunday, said the UK is in an “extraordinarily strong position” and that the “vaccine task has done an absolutely extraordinary job”.

He continued: “Britain has access to a number of different vaccines across a range of different approaches.

“Vaccines come in all different styles and approaches and Britain has got a portfolio of vaccines, through which more than one, I’m sure, will come through in the first quarter of next year.”

Sir Jeremy was also optimistic about effective treatments, saying they “may come sooner than the vaccines”.

He said: “Dexamethasone we know about from the brilliant RECOVERY trial in the UK.

“And we know now that there are coming so-called monoclonal antibodies, which will attack the virus and prevent patients getting worse.”

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