The UK Ordered 60 Million Doses Of The Coronavirus Vaccine From Sanofi And GSK
The United Kingdom has signed an agreement to supply 60 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine being developed jointly by the French pharmaceutical Corporation Sanofi and the British company GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), according to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
It is expected that in the summer of 2021, first of all, health workers fighting the coronavirus, as well as social security workers, and Britons with chronic diseases will be vaccinated. According to the head of the Department, Alok Sharma, "it is extremely important to get access to a variety of promising vaccines being developed as soon as possible, such as GSK and Sanofi, to find the most effective one to protect the population and save lives."
Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline plan to start clinical trials of a vaccine based on DNA recombination technology, which is already used in the creation of anti-flu vaccines, in September this year and release it on sale in the first half of 2021. According to the French Corporation, the vaccine will be "effective and reliable" and will be produced in large volumes. Sanofi believes that the corporation will be able to produce up to 1 billion doses per year if the vaccine is successfully tested.
At the same time, Sanofi is developing another coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with the biotechnology company Translate Bio. This vaccine is created by transferring a fragment of RNA, the genetic code of the virus. Its first phase clinical trials are scheduled for the end of the year. If successful, the company hopes to certify the vaccine in the second half of 2021 and produce between 90 million and 360 million doses per year in the future.
The UK is one of the countries most affected by a coronavirus, primarily in terms of the number of deaths. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 300 thousand people were infected, of which more than 45.8 thousand died. The outbreak was recorded in late 2019 in Central China and has spread to most countries. On March 11, the world health organization recognized it as a pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 16.4 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the world, and more than 654 thousand have died.