More than 100,000 people have volunteered for future coronavirus vaccine trials in the UK.
Researchers have urged people to keep signing up – especially if they are over the age of 65, or from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) background.
The UK government has said it aims to get as many people as possible signed up to the NHS Covid-19 Vaccine Research Registry by October, so large-scale vaccine trials can begin.
Kate Bingham, the chair of the government’s vaccine taskforce, said it was a “great start”.
“We need many more people from many different backgrounds that we can call on for future studies if we are to find a vaccine quickly to protect those who need it against coronavirus,” she said.
A number of trials of potential coronavirus vaccines are expected to start in the UK in autumn. Researchers from Oxford University and Imperial College London have already given humans doses of their candidates in trials.
The candidate being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford induces a strong immune response and appears to be safe, preliminary trial results showed last month.
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