How close are we to a COVID-19 vaccine? | Inside Story

The race for a COVID-19 vaccine is gathering pace.
Scientists around the world are competing to develop a safe and effective treatment that may help end the pandemic.
Years of research is being completed in just a few months.
A team at Oxford University in the UK has released promising results from early trials.
It’s one of around 160 vaccines under development around the world.
Although doctors are excited, they warn there’s still a long way to go before a vaccine is widely available.
So, how do we make sure everyone will have access once there’s a vaccine for COVID-19?

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Muhammad Munir – Lecturer in Virology, Lancaster University.

Helen Rees – Executive Director, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, University of Witwatersrand.

John Nicholls – Clinical Professor in Pathology, University of Hong Kong.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

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  • In This Story: Hong Kong

    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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  • In This Story: Oxford University

    The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. There is evidence of teaching as early as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest university in continuous operation.

    4 Recent Items: Oxford University

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