COVID-19 vaccinations could one day be taken in pill form, Britain’s vaccine deployment minister said.
Nadhim Zahawi said that there may be an oral option available in the future, the Telegraph reported.
“There are technologies with pills and others being developed around the world and we will continue to look at those,” Zahawi told the Times Radio.
“But we’re making sure the UK will always have the capability and capacity to manufacture the variant vaccines that will deal with any variant virus.”
A British biotech company has already turned the jabs into a tablet that produced “outstanding” results protecting monkeys against the coronavirus.
“You catch COVID in your mucosal cells,” Wayne Channon, the chief executive of the Sussex-based biotech firm iosBio, told the Telegraph. “But with jabs you get injected into the arm which goes into the muscles and blood cells. Our tablets go straight into mucosal cells to elicit mucosal immunity so we hit the virus where it is.”
He said the tablets could also speed up the race to vaccinate people across the world.
“With our capsule you wouldn’t need medical professionals to administer the vaccine, you could send this out on Amazon Prime and have everyone vaccinated by Saturday,” Channon told the outlet.