The University of Oxford’s coronavirus vaccine trial has moved into another stage of the process, according to a participant, bringing the reality of a potential cure closer. Testing for a COVID-19 vaccine started last week with both Oxford and Imperial College London fast-tracking development. Dr Elisa Granato, the first volunteer to be immunised as part of the Oxford trial, revealed an “exciting” update about the process when she spoke to the BBC’s Coronavirus Newscast.
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She said: “I actually went to my first follow-up this morning, which was very exciting.
“This was the first time where they took a blood sample of me getting vaccinated.
“This is exciting because this means that the analysis process is actually starting now.
“This is going to be one of many follow-up tests so this is just number one.”
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Dr Granato confirmed she was not experiencing any side effects so far.
She told the podcast: “I’m feeling great, never been better actually.
“I’m just out and about, living my life.”
The volunteer’s health had been put into question after false reports of her death following the immunisation emerged on social media.
About the incident, she said: “I’m not going to lie, it was an insane couple of hours.
“There’s always going to be some people where even if I walked up to them, and told them I’m alive and well, they’d be like ‘no, no, it’s all fake’.
“So this is the best we can do, and I feel like this is enough for the vast vast majority of people, thank God.”
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock had shared the good news of the vaccine developments at last week’s Government daily briefing.
He said: “In the long run, the best way to beat the coronavirus is through a vaccine.
“This is uncertain science, but I am certain we will throw everything we’ve got at developing a vaccine.
“The UK is at the forefront of a global effort. We’ve put more money than any other country into the global search for a vaccine.
“For all the efforts around the world, two leading vaccine developments are taking place here at home at Oxford and Imperial.”
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