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Trial volunteer amazed by speed of Oxford vaccine success


Interview with Jack Sommers, a volunteer on the AstraZeneca and Oxford University Covid-19 trial, said it was hard to believe how quickly scientists had developed the vaccine. Mr Sommers experienced mild side effects – a slightly raised temperature and a pain in his shoulder – while Ms Hurst felt none at all. Volunteers receive no information about how the trial is going so have been following the progress in the media along with everybody else. And Mr Sommers said that, while he had been very pleased to read about positive results from other vaccines such as that developed by Pfizer, there was a special feeling about this one.

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