jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 17th July 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 115 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Wednesday 15th July 2020
Covid vaccine hopes raised by Oxford trial results
Scientists from university-led team say their jab may offer ‘double defence’ against coronavirus
Scientists have taken a leap forward in the race to develop a Covid-19 vaccine as initial trials suggest that an Oxford University-developed jab may provide a “double defence” against the coronavirus.
A senior source on the project told The Telegraph that blood samples taken from volunteers in the first phase of human testing indicate that the vaccine stimulates the body to produce both antibodies and “killer” T-cells.
The trial involved about 1,000 volunteers, who are “are understood to have shown encouraging levels of neutralising antibodies, thought to be important in protecting against viral infection”, says The Times.
“No serious side-effects” were reported, the newspaper adds, although as The Telegraph points out, “further work will be needed” to ensure that “the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine is safe”.
“The team is also evaluating the level of dose needed to produce an effective response,” according to The Telegraph.
“I can tell you that we now know the Oxford vaccine covers both bases – it produces both a T-cell and an antibody response,” the inside source told the paper. “It’s the combination of these two that will hopefully keep people safe. So far, so good. It’s an important moment. But we still have a long way to go.”
Another source close to the team confirmed that the presence of both antibodies and T-cells could act as a “double defence” against Covid-19.
Researchers have not yet proved conclusively that the combined immune response is enough to combat infection, but had the vaccine not produced both T-cells and antibodies, “it would have been a setback” to the Oxford project, The Times says. A source told the paper that “the Oxford team are very much still in the fight”.
The full findings of the phase one Oxford trial will be published in The Lancet on Monday.
Appearing on ITV’s Peston Wednesday night, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that in the best-case scenario, the vaccine would be available later this year. But the jab is “more likely” be ready in 2021, he added.
However, hopes that the jab may be ready sooner have been raised by David Carpenter, chair of the Berkshire Research Ethics Committee, which approved the Oxford trial.
Carpenter told The Telegraph that the vaccine team were “absolutely on track”, adding: “Things might go wrong but the reality is that by working with a big pharma company, that vaccine could be fairly widely available around September and that is the sort of target they are working on.”
Thevaccine development is being supported by the UK government and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which has reached agreements to supply up to two billion doses worldwide.
AstraZeneca shares jumped by 5.5% after ITV political editor Robert Peston revealed that there would be “positive news soon” about the outcome of the initial trials.
I did a 6.5-mile circular walk to Newstead and back today. Set off at 6.30am.
I put the finishing touches to my daughter’s 40th Birthday Celebration book. I have been through and edited 200,000 digital photographs and 100,000 hard copy photographs. I’ve reduced them to 4,000 photographs for a 440-page book. It has taken me a good nine months and working mainly full days over this last six weeks. I estimate 1,000 hours has gone into the book.
I feel sad to have come to the end of it actually. The other thing is I can think of so many things to do to improve the book, but you have to draw a line somewhere.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. — Oprah Winfrey.
Happiness is…completing a 440-page photo book
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Don’t make me use UPPERCASE.
Love is…laid back
5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
We are grateful Lockdown gives us a time…
- A time to test Corvid-19 vaccines…A time to go live with the Corvid-19 vaccines
- A time to walk to Newstead Abbey early morning…A time to walk to Newstead Abbey at a more leisurely time of day.
- A time to work all hours on a special photo book…A time to decide to bring a close on that special photobook and get it printed.
- A time for a heavy cloudburst of rain…A time for light drizzle.
- A time to consult doctors…A time to consult the internet.
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 102 14 Times – 126 Feet Cumulative Total 15,291 Feet
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