Nov. 5 (UPI) — Pharma firm AstraZeneca mentioned Thursday it’s on monitor to ship results from late-stage human trials for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate earlier than the end of the 12 months.

The announcement raised hopes that an efficient vaccine towards the coronavirus illness might change into out there earlier than the beginning of 2021.

“Results from late-stage trials are anticipated later this 12 months, relying on the speed of an infection inside the communities the place the scientific trials are being performed,” AstraZeneca mentioned Thursday in its third quarter earnings report.

The corporate is creating the AZD1222 vaccine in collaboration with the College of Oxford. It’s within the last part of trials in america, Britain, Brazil and South Africa with 23,000 volunteers.

The British and U.S. trials had been quickly positioned on maintain two months in the past when two individuals exhibited unexplained diseases, and AstraZeneca has already missed an preliminary September goal of delivering 30 million doses to the British authorities.

“Within the struggle towards COVID-19, we superior our vaccine collaboration with the College of Oxford and are launching Part III trials for our long-acting antibody mixture for the prophylaxis and remedy towards COVID-19 for individuals who want a direct protection or whose weaker immune techniques imply they’re much less possible to profit from a vaccine,” mentioned AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot.

The drugmaker reported a 7% improve in world gross sales, to $6.5 billion, from July to October, which Soriot known as “encouraging headway” regardless of “ongoing disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is one of a number of candidates now in late-stage scientific trials worldwide, together with efforts from Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech, Novavax and Moderna.

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