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Can we trust vaccines that have been developed so quickly?

The research and clinical trials needed to make sure a vaccine works and is safe take time, but a lot of time is taken getting funding and approval for the research. A number of things have helped to speed up the process:

  • The UK Government funded the development of COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials to get them up and running quickly
  • The MHRA sped up their process of approval – things like administrative paperwork that used to take months is now being done in days
  • Different parts of trials have run at the same time
  • New technology has helped to make lots of vaccine quickly

Everything has still been done to make sure the vaccines work and are safe. After a vaccine begins to be used, the MHRA continues to study its safety and examines all reported adverse events.