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Coronavirus updates: Oxford readying a phase 2 vaccine trial

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    UK researchers start recruiting over 10,000 volunteers for next phase of clinical trials that could unlock coronavirus vaccine this year Coronavirus updates: Oxford readying a phase 2 vaccine trial
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UK researchers start recruiting over 10,000 volunteers for next phase of clinical trials that could unlock coronavirus vaccine this year

Thousands of volunteers are being recruited for the next two phases in clinical trials that could lead to a coronavirus vaccine this year. 

Scientists are looking for 10,260 people from across Britain to take the experimental jab, developed at the University of Oxford.

Experts began working on the jab in January. It is now considered one of the front-runners in the world's race for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine, called AZD1222, proved safe in 160 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 55 as part of the first phase of the trial. 

Phases II and III involve vastly increasing the number of volunteers while expanding the age range to include elderly people, who are most at-risk of falling seriously ill with the infection. 

They will assess whether the vaccine provokes a response from the immune system before looking at whether it can prevent people becoming infected.