Scientist leading Oxford vaccine effort says 8,000 people in UK vaccinated in phase three of the trial

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(CNN) - Eight thousand people in the UK have been vaccinated so far as part of the Oxford University vaccine trial, Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford, and one of the scientist leading its vaccine initiative, told UK’s Science and Technology Committee on Wednesday.

“We now have 8,000 people vaccinated in the phase three trial in the UK,” she said.

“We have currently vaccinated a few hundred people in Brazil but within weeks that should be up to 4,000. And in South Africa, we are aiming for 2,000 people. And those are both areas of high transmission at the moment,” Gilbert added.

Sir John Bell, Regius professor of medicine at the University of Oxford, who is also working on the development of COVID-19 vaccine, was asked whether the UK should prepare for a winter without a vaccine.

“This whole epidemic has relied too heavily on assumptions that have turned out not to be true, so my strong advice is, be prepared for the worst.”

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