The government is “throwing everything” at developing a coronavirus vaccine, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
He told the daily Downing Street briefing that human trials for a vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, would begin on Thursday.
He also addressed the shortage of protective gear for the NHS, saying the government was talking to thousands of suppliers, but not all could deliver.
Labour said there was a “gap” between government words and reality.
Meanwhile the UK has recorded another 823 coronavirus hospital deaths – taking the total number to 17,337.
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