Oxford moving to next phases in coronavirus vaccine trials

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Oxford University researchers on Friday announced they are beginning the next phases of their closely-watched clinical trials on a potential coronavirus vaccine.

Phase one of the trial began in April, and researchers are now moving into phases two and three.

The phase two trial will test the vaccine in different age groups that were not tested in the first phase, and the phase three trial will measure how well the vaccine works in preventing infection in a large number of participants.

Researchers have begun recruiting volunteers for the next phase and are looking to enroll up to 10,260 adults and children, the university said in a press release. 

“The clinical studies are progressing very well and we are now initiating studies to evaluate how well the vaccine induces immune responses in older adults, and to test whether it can provide protection in the wider population,” Professor Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford Vaccine Group, said in a statement.

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