“It’s the right thing to be doing to be at the absolute front of the queue to make sure we’re in a position to get those vaccines first when they become available,” Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told the BBC during the government’s media round on Monday.
Initial trials on 1,077 British adults found that the vaccine induced strong antibody and T-cell responses, which may improve further after a booster jab, as reported by the Telegraph.
There were found to be no serious adverse events, and minor side effects could be controlled by paracetamol, two papers in The Lancet reported.
Three different scenarios under which the model closely reproduces the reported death counts in the UK up to 19/03/2020 are presented in Figure 1. Red and green colours represent solutions attached respectively to transmission scenarios with R0=2.75 and R0=2.25 (reflecting variation in estimates of R0in literature) with the proportion of the population at risk being distributed around 1%.
Overall, the researchers conclude an infection rate of between 36-68% among the UK population before 19 March. This percentile range is unquestionably large, but we must remember that this is an early model with quite limited data. The study itself says that 36-40% of the population could have been infected if the mortality rate was 1%.