Vaccine expected to be rolled out in first half of 2021 – British Health Secretary

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The British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that a vaccine to tackle COVID-19 was “not there yet” but the government was getting ready to roll out it, with a central expectation for the first half of 2021.

Hancock said that he expects the bulk of the roll out to be in the first half of next year. Asked if some people could receive a vaccine this year he replied: “I don’t rule that out but that is not my central expectation.”

“We want to be ready in case everything goes perfectly but it’s not my central expectation that we’ll be doing that this year but the programme is progressing well, we’re not there yet.”

Meanwhile British drug maker AstraZeneca said that the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford produces a similar immune response in both older and younger adults, and adverse responses were lower among the elderly.