A World Health Organisation expert has said that a coronavirus vaccine will “realistically” not be available before Christmas, a statement that has disappointed millions across the world that have hoped it was possible

Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, said vaccine development is being sped up as much as possible but “corners can’t be cut on safety”.

It comes after the head of the UK’s vaccine taskforce said there is a “possibility” a coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out by Christmas.

Noting that several vaccines are now in phase three trials and none have failed so far, Dr Ryan admitted “we are seeing hopeful signs.”.

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