COVID-19 vaccine study opens for recruitment in UK

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base

Researchers at University of Oxford working on a preventative COVID-19 vaccine have started screening healthy volunteers (aged 18-55). [1, 2]

This is for an upcoming ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine trial in the Thames Valley Region. The vaccine based on an adenovirus vaccine vector and the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is already in production but will not be available for several weeks.

The study will enrol 510 participants who will receive the vaccine or a placebo.


  1. Oxford COVID-19 vaccine programme opens for clinical trial recruitment. (27 March 2020).
  2. Lane R. Sarah Gilbert: carving a path towards a COVID-19 vaccine. The Lancet. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30796-0 (2020).

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