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Australia’s health minister, Greg Hunt, believes there is genuine cause for hope for a vaccine to conquer the coronavirus after the AstraZeneca Oxford trials resumed.

Clinical trials for the coronavirus vaccine have resumed after getting the go-ahead from UK medical authorities and following the suspension last week over a reported side-effect in a patient.

For us, number one is safety, that trumps everything. There is genuine cause for hope and optimism for Australians.

On 6 September, the standard review process triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination across all global trials to allow review of safety data by independent committees, and international regulators. The UK committee has concluded its investigations and recommended to the MHRA that trials in the UK are safe to resume.

There is mounting alarm in the UK about the sharp rise in cases in the past few weeks.

New cases are doubling every week in England and Birmingham, the country’s second biggest city, is introducing new restrictions to head off a big rise in cases.

Related: Coronavirus: isolation rule-breakers in England may be fined, says Gove

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