While at least one government legislator projects a much sooner timeline, British-Swedish pharmaceutical giants AstraZeneca has said that a COVID-19 vaccine could be made available for limited use by December 2020.
A BBC article dated April 30 said that AstraZeneca has partnered with the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, which is currently conducting testing and developing the vaccine.
In their agreement, AstraZenca will manufacture and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to produce tens of millions of doses by the end of the year, if the treatment is effective.
“The firm is partnering with the university’s vaccine research team at the Jenner Institute, and data from testing could be available as early as mid-June” the article stated.
It added: “The plan is to submit the vaccine for fast track regulatory approval in the fourth quarter of 2020, and for it to be ready for limited use by the end of this year.”
Immigration Minister projects a vaccine will come before year-end
Citing to his own sources, Labour & Immigration Minister Vincent Wheatley said he expects to see an effective vaccine at least two months earlier than AstraZeneca predicts.
Speaking during a contract signing ceremony on Friday, May 1, Wheatley said: “We expect, based on the news and the forecast, that by September, or October of this year, there will be a vaccine available.”
Minister Wheatley said with this expectation in mind, residents will not have to worry as much about persons bringing COVID-19 to the BVI when the border reopens.
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