British Health Minister Matt Hancock said Tuesday that a vaccine developed by researchers at Oxford University will be tested on people on Thursday.
“In normal times, reaching this stage would take years, and I’m very proud of the work taken so far,” he said in a daily news briefing.
Hancock said he would make £20 million ($24.5 million) available to the scientists at Oxford, as well as an additional £22.5 million in funding for researchers at Imperial College London.
“Nothing about this process is certain,” he said. “Vaccine development is a process of trial and error and trial again.” “That’s the nature of how vaccines are developed.”
The U.K. has been criticized by some for being too slow in its response to the pandemic and for a lack of testing and personal protective equipment.