It needs up to 510 healthy volunteers.
Oxford University researchers working in an unprecedented vaccine development effort to prevent COVID-19 have started screening healthy volunteers today for their upcoming vaccine trial.
The vaccine won't be ready for some weeks still, but up to 510 volunteers will be enrolled, if they pass screening.
They will be the first humans to test the new vaccine, called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19.
The trial will provide valuable information on the safety aspects of the vaccine, as well as its ability to generate an immune response against the virus.
The volunteers need to be aged 18-55, and can sign up to participate on the COVID-19 vaccine website.
We’re working hard to develop a vaccine against #Covid-19. Today we’re recruiting individuals to take part in clinical trials.— University of Oxford (@UniofOxford) March 27, 2020
This is a crucial step.
We need healthy volunteers aged 18 – 55, to help test its potential effectiveness. Volunteer today >> https://t.co/1jU4bcVTc3 pic.twitter.com/ytVi0AeZs7
The volunteers will either receive the vaccine, or a control injection for comparison.
The trial has been approved by UK regulators and ethical reviewers, and researchers are working as quickly as possible to get the vaccine ready to be used in the trial.
Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, said, 'The Oxford team had exceptional experience of a rapid vaccine response, such as to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. This is an even greater challenge.
"Vaccines are being designed from scratch and progressed at an unprecedented rate. The upcoming trial will be critical for assessing the feasibility of vaccination against COVID-19 and could lead to early deployment.'
Professor Andrew Pollard, Chief Investigator on the study, said, 'Starting the clinical trials is the first step in the efforts to find out whether the new vaccine being developed at Oxford University works and could safely play a central role in controlling the pandemic coronavirus that is sweeping the globe.'
Scientists around the world are working hard to develop a vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
The Oxford team started work designing a vaccine on Friday 10th January 2020.