The UK has began producing what could be a vaccine for coronavirus, despite the drug having no clinical approval, the health secretary has announced.
Matt Hancock told the government’s daily coronavirus press conference that a deal had been “struck” between pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Oxford University to begin the manufacture of a potential vaccine.
“They’re starting manufacturing now, even ahead of approval so we can build up a stock pile and be ready should it be clinically approved,” the health secretary said.
He said there will be sufficient supplies of the drug for those most in need, “should the science come off.”
Stockpiles of the recently approved coronavirus treatment Dexamethasone were built up before it had approval, Mr Hancock said.
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