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Coronavirus: Porton Down working on vaccine

Coronavirus: Porton Down working on vaccine

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:19am 5th February 2020.

2 minute read

The Health Secretary has visited Public Health England's site to see how they're getting on.

Matt Hancock posted a video on his social media from Porton Down.

In it, he's thanked staff for their efforts and said that Britain is 'playing its part' in the fight against the illness.

GOVERNMENT MONEY 

The visit follows an announcement that the UK is putting £20 million into the development of a vaccine for the deadly virus.

That cash has been given to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which is a global organisation bringing together health experts to create vaccines for developing illnesses.

THE SITUATION SO FAR

So far, there have only been two cases of coronavirus confirmed in the UK, but globally there have now been 20,400 people infected.

Chinese state television reports that there have been around 480 deaths.

British repatriation flights have been arranged to bring people home from China, with those on board then going into quarantine for two weeks. 

The Department of Health says they're not too concerned about the situation though: 

"The UK is extremely well prepared for any potential outbreak of an infectious disease - we are one of the first countries in the world to have developed a test for the new virus."

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The outbreak of coronavirus has been declared a worldwide health emergency by the World Health Organisation

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR

Public Health England has said that coronavirus has similar symptoms to flu - with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing the first signs.

They've said the best advice is no different to that for more common colds to prevent the spread.

Their 'Catch it, Bin it, Kill it' mantra still applies:

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