Lives and money on the line in race to find coronavirus vaccine

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Lives and money on the line in race to find coronavirus vaccine

Labs around the world are working furiously to stop the disease in its tracks. These are the firms in the lead

Sarah Knapton

Human trials of a vaccine against coronavirus are due to start in April, with British scientists competing with dozens of laboratories around the world to be the first to develop a drug.

Researchers have been working against the clock to produce a preventive jab or pill since China genetically sequenced the virus in January. Several labs have prototype vaccines that are being trialled in animals, and many are confident they will move to human testing next month.

If proven safe and effective, larger “live situation” trials will be carried out to see if inoculation works in a natural scenario. If successful, a vaccine could be widely available early in 2021...

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