/Govt Coronavirus news update 17 May – vaccine
Alok Sharma - Business Secretary

Govt Coronavirus news update 17 May – vaccine

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Govt Coronavirus news update 17 May – vaccine investment

UK: (minus Northern Ireland due to technical issues) Latest = 34,636 Covid-19 deaths

The daily news briefing will deliver the latest information on coronavirus deaths and hospital admissions across the UK.  Led by Business Secretary, Alok Sharma.

Alok Sharma: vaccine task force been working.  £47m invested another £84m from today to help speed up trials. Oxford University progressing well done a deal with chemical company with priority to UK. Government is investing £quarter billion in vaccine. 6 drugs entered clinical plants.  It is possible there may never be a vaccine for Covid-19

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Officer for NHS England: traffic – reduction. Testing: large increase each day. Confirmed numbers staying stable. Need to keep social distancing measures. Daily admission down and continues to fall. Critical beds a steady fall.  In UK 10.035 people in hospital showing a steady decline. Deaths 170 – rolling average continues to fall.

Followed by questions from the public and media

England: latest = 90 deaths bringing total to 24.617.  Wales: Latest = 12 deaths up to 1,203.  Scotland: Latest = 9 deaths up to 2,103

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