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Minister banks on Oxford vaccine reaching Spain by end of 2020

Minister banks on Oxford vaccine reaching Spain by end of 2020
/ EFE
  • The vaccine against the coronavirus is currently in the third phase of tests on volunteers and a date of 3 November has been mooted for its launch onto the market

The national minister of Health, Salvador Illa, said on Wednesday this week that he thought that the Covid-19 vaccine, being developed by Oxford University with AstraZeneca, could reach Spain before the end of 2020.

"We could have the first batches by the end of December," he said in a TV interview.

The Oxford vaccine is currently in the third phase of tests on volunteers and a date of 3 November has been mooted for its launch onto the market. Many countries have already signed up to millions of doses.

The Health minister explained that sign-off from the World Health Organization was still needed first.

"We need to make sure the last stages of the research of this vaccine give a satisfactory result," he said, adding that the AstraZeneca supply comes from agreements between EU countries to work together on distribution of vaccines. "It will stop different countries racing to get the vaccine first," said Illa. He added that four other possible vaccines are also on the table.