The University of Oxford announced on Friday that it will extend to more than 10,000 people the participation in tests of vaccines designed to combat the coronavirus. and will include individuals over the age of 70 and children between the ages of 5 and 12.
This British university, through the Jenner Institute for Vaccine Research, started the first phase of tests last April with a thousand healthy subjects under the age of 56, who are now joined in the second by more than 10,200 people including the new age groups.
“There was already a lot of interest from people over 55 to participate in the first phase of the study, but they could not be selected. Now we will be able to include older age groups to continue with the vaccine evaluation ”, explained to the chain BBC Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Virology at the Jenner Institute.
In addition to those over the age of 70 and children ages five to 12, experts will also study the effect that various treatments for COVID-19 have on the immune system in subjects aged between 56 and 69 years.
Specific, The researchers will supply participants with doses of different experimental vaccines, such as "ChAdOx1 nCoV-19", to later compare between the groups the differences between one treatment and another.
Jenner Institute experts estimate that this study could last between two and six months, depending on how many individuals are exposed to the virus.
The tests carried out on monkeys to date with the “ChAdOx1 nCoV-19” indicate that lAnimals inoculated with this vaccine have developed a certain degree of protection against COVID-19.
Scientists have stressed that the presence of the virus was lower in the lungs and airways of the primates that received the vaccineBut they caution that these results may not be able to carry over to humans.
They also foresee that, in case the treatment works, They could have up to a million doses ready by next September.
The UK government decided on Friday to impose a two-week quarantine on all travelers arriving from other countries. as of June 8 as a tool to prevent a flare-up of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left another 351 deaths in the last day.
With a total of 254,195 confirmed cases and 36,393 deaths, the United Kingdom - which is already facing a progressive economic reopening - has decided put focus on entry points.
For this, as explained in a press conference by the British Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, the Government threatens to impose fines of 1,000 pounds (about 1,100 euros) on those who fail to comply with these measures.
So, all persons arriving from other countries by land, sea or air - including those with British nationality - must be quarantined for 14 days. In addition, they will be obliged to inform the border authorities of the address where they will keep this isolation, as indicated.
The health authorities, for their part, may carry out Surprising random tests and quizzes to ensure standards are met. Anyone who refuses to comply with the rules - who forbid visiting family or friends during the quarantine period - may be subject to immediate expulsion from the country.
With information from EFE
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