China to launch coronavirus vaccine within MONTHS but Britons set to miss out

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China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation has confirmed a coronavirus vaccine is currently undergoing its third and final trial ahead of a planned launch is less than four months. The state-owned firm is aiming to produce around 220 million doses per year.

This would only be enough to immunise less than 20 percent of the 1.4 billion population in China.

This indicates it is unlikely the vaccine will be made available for mass export to the US, EU or UK.

President of the pharmaceutical company Liu Jingzhen has lauded the success of the treatment and has already had two jabs without any ill-effects.

Mr Jingzhen said two shots of the vaccine will cost around £110 (1,000 yuan).

He said: “When it’s available in the market, it won’t be too expensive but costs a few hundred yuan per shot.

“If you take two shots, the price should be within 1,000 yuan.”

The race to find a ground-breaking vaccine for the killer virus is hotly contested with a huge global demand.

Around the world there are more than 150 vaccines in development, over 20 human study pilots and a handful of other are in late-stage trials.

Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin stunned the scientific community after he gave approval to a vaccine after just two months of human testing.

Mr Putin said: “I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity.

“And I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has since urged countries to work together and warned excluding others from a potential vaccine would deepen the pandemic.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the idea of hoarding a treatment as “vaccine nationalism” and called on countries to join a global pact by an August 31 to share information.

In the UK, Oxford University is also among the front-runners to produce a coronavirus cure.

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Kate Bingham, chair of the UK’s vaccine taskforce, insisted a treatment could be available by the end of the year.

She told Sky news: “I think we have a shot of getting a vaccine this year.

“There’s two potential candidates, one would be the Oxford candidate and the other one is the German vaccine from BioNTech.”

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