Govt coronavirus update – vaccine – 17 April from Downing Street
The government announces the latest on COVID-19 and where we are with numbers of loss of life and admissions. It is thought PPE for NHS and care workers high on the list of items to discuss. Health officials approve the re-use of garments
Business Secretary Alok Sharma MP chairing the briefing: Launch of vaccine task force to help efforts to develop a vaccine as soon as possible. Will work with industry in the UK. Sir Patrick Vallance and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Johnathan Can-Tam. Proud how Britain has stepped up to conquer this challenge. Cannot put a date on when vaccine ready it will take many months.
With him a scientific and/or health experts.
Sir Patrick Vallance, UK’s chief scientific adviser: gradual decrease in London, flattening in other areas as well. Treatment beginning to take hold. Five and half thousand people in clinical trials. This is not going to be a sudden drop it is going to take while important to continue restrictions. We’re heading in right direction. The R value is below – good.
Professor Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England
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