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The government consults on measures to speed up vaccine deployment

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Researchers at Imperial College London, it is announced today, (15 September), are to begin trials to assess the safety and effectiveness of two of the UK’s coronavirus vaccines that are in development, when inhaled through the mouth into the lungs.

Any vaccine must go through rigorous testing and development, and be shown to meet expected high standards of safety, quality and efficacy before it can be deployed.

The independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will advise the government on which COVID-19 vaccine(s) the UK should use.

The government is consulting right now on steps that it would like to make to potentially reduce the time it takes for a potential vaccine to be deployed in the UK.  Currently, EU legislation requires vaccines to be authorised via the European Medicines Agency. But the government wants to put in the legislative measures to allow for potential use of a vaccine before it’s received a product licence from Europe.

The public consultation runs until the end of this Friday, 18 September.