A British scientist, who according to the Times of London, is leading one of the worlds most advanced efforts against coronavirus, says a vaccine could be ready as soon as September.

Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, told The Times she was “80 per cent confident” that the vaccine being developed by her team would work, with human trials due to begin in the next fortnight.

The government signalled that it would be willing to fund the manufacture of millions of doses in advance if results looked promising. This would allow it to be available immediately to the public if it were proven to work.

Gilbert told the newspaper that human trials could begin in the next two weeks.

On Friday, the U.K. reported 980 deaths while in the United States, 2108 died from the disease.