UK to start human trials of coronavirus vaccine on Thursday

Health Secretary Matt Hancock today announced human trials will begin for a potential coronavirus vaccine.

Speaking live at the daily coronavirus press briefing, Mr Hancock said as a country, we have invested more money into finding a vaccine than anywhere else.

He announced a fund of £20million is being made available to the Oxford University team in order to fund clinical trials of a vaccine.

Human vaccine trials are to begin at Oxford University this Thursday, April 23.

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Mr Hancock said he was certain we "will throw everything we've got at developing a vaccine" and hoped we would be the first country to develop a working vaccine.

15,607 people have died of coronavirus in hospitals in England, with a rise of 823 hospital deaths in the last 24 hours.

A further 778 people, who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 15,607.

Patients were aged between 22 and 103 years old.

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24 of the 778 patients, aged between 49 and 91 years old, had no known underlying health condition.

Matt Hancock said lockdown measures will not be lifted until there is no risk of a second peak

Their families have been informed.

But the Health Secretary said the government's plan to "flatten the curve" is working.

Speaking of the deaths, he said: "This is number is another salutatory lesson and it tells us of the deadly nature of this virus.

"We owe it to them and to ourselves not to throw away the progress we have made so far.

"We will not risk lives until our five targets have been met."

The health secretary said lockdown measures will not be lifted until there is no risk of a second peak of the deadly virus.

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