Govt Coronavirus news update 17 May – vaccine investment
UK: (minus Northern Ireland due to technical issues) Latest = 34,636 Covid-19 deaths
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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