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UK scientist working on a coronavirus vaccine says fast-tracking still means at least one year

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Vaccine for coronavirus may take a yearBritish scientist Dr. Robin Shattock told CNBC on Tuesday the public shouldn’t expect a coronavirus vaccine to hit the market until early next year, despite recent advances.

“The closest we’ll get to making this available will be early next year, or later,” Shattock, head of mucosal infection and immunity at the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London, said on “Squawk Box.”

“It still requires a lot of testing to see if these vaccines are safe and then see if they work,” he added.

 

 

Shattock is part of a team in the U.K. exploring potential coronavirus vaccinations. They have started animal testing. The group hopes to move on to human testing “within a period of months,” he said.

“We, and the other teams around the world, have moved much faster than has been done before,” Shattock said, which he attributed to Chinese health officials sharing their data on the infection.

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