Coronavirus UK LIVE: Lockdown end splits cabinet as UK death toll hits 17,337 and PPE fiasco continues – The Sun

TRIALS on a potential coronavirus vaccine will begin in the UK as early as TOMORROW, Matt Hancock has confirmed. 

The Health Secretary used last night's Downing Street press conference to announce £42.5million for two UK based vaccine projects.

He said a potential jab which has been developed by Oxford University will begin to be tested in just two days.

He said: "I can announce that the vaccine from the Oxford project will be trialled in people from this Thursday," he said.

"In normal times, reaching this stage would take years and I'm very proud of the work taken so far.

"At the same time, we will invest in manufacturing capability so that if either of these vaccines safely work, we can make it available for the British people as soon as humanely possible."

He also said the process for finding a vaccine would take "trial and error" but has told UK scientists he would "back them to the hilt and give them every resource they need" in order to succeed.

"After all, the upside of being the first country in the world to develop a successful vaccine is so huge that I am throwing everything at it," Mr Hancock added.

This comes after the death toll reached 17,337 after 873 fatalities and cabinet remains split over how and when to end the UK lockdown.

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  • PPE SHAMBLES

    AN RAF jet flying a consignment of PPE from Turkey has arrived back in the UK.

    The Airbus A400-M left Istanbul and landed in the UK just after 3.30am this morning at the RAF base Brize Norton, according to flight tracker RadarBox.

    It isn't known if 400,000 badly needed surgical gowns were on board the jet.

    Two other RAF planes have been on standby at the Oxfordshire base waiting to fly to Turkey.

  • 'BIBLICAL FAMINE'

    FAMINES of 'biblical proportions' could hit the global population during the virus pandemic, the UN has warned.

    The number of people suffering from starvation could soar to 250 million from 135 million, a report estimates.

    Its fourth annual Global Report on Food Crises says Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Nigeria and Haiti are most at risk.

  • CUOMO HUDDLES WITH TRUMP IN WASHINGTON

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a “productive” meeting with President Trump on Tuesday, who he met at the White House to discuss coronavirus testing.

    “This is not about anyone's emotions,” Cuomo told MSNBC.

    He described the tone of the conversation as “very functional and effective.”

    Cuomo had vowed to “tell the truth” in his meeting with Trump.

  • RUNNING OF THE BULLS IN SPAIN SUSPENDED

    Spain’s San Fermin Fiesta, an eight-day festival in July in which fighting bulls run through the streets of Pamplona, was suspended on Tuesday for the first time in four decades.

    Theannual party in the northern Spanish city was last called off when political unrest broke out in 1978, though it also lost one day in 1997 after separatists killed a Basque politician.

    “As expected as it was, it still leaves us deeply sad,” acting mayor Ana Elizalde said.

  • SEVEN VIRUS CASES MAY BE LINKED TO IN-PERSON VOTING

    Health officials in Wisconsin said they have identified at least seven people who may have contracted the coronavirus from participating in the April 7 election.

    The infections involve six voters and one poll worker in Milwaukee.

    It's not certain that the seven people contracted the virus at the polls.

    The possible connection was made because local health officials are now asking newly infected people whether they participated in the election.

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