UK PM says Oxford vaccine trial results 'very positive news'

British prime minister Boris Johnson holds a news conference addressing the government's response to the coronavirus outbreak, at Downing Street in London, Britain on 12 March 2020.
British prime minister Boris Johnson holds a news conference addressing the government's response to the coronavirus outbreak, at Downing Street in London, Britain on 12 March 2020.Reuters

British prime minister Boris Johnson described early stage clinical trial data on an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as very positive on Monday.

"This is very positive news. A huge well done to our brilliant, world-leading scientists & researchers at @UniofOxford," Johnson said, on Twitter, linking to a report on the data.

"There are no guarantees, we’re not there yet & further trials will be necessary - but this is an important step in the right direction."

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