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UK vaccine trials get £1.65BN boost – 'We want to immunise around the world!'

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab announced that the UK’s work on a coronavirus vaccine has an international dimension to it. During the Wednesday night coronavirus briefing, Mr Raab said the UK will provide Gavi, the international vaccine alliance, with the equivalent of £330million each year for the next fives years. He insisted this would help to produce a vaccine to the deadly virus.  

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Mr Raab began: “I must pay tribute at this point to all of the outstanding work of our consulate teams.

“They are working night and day at the SEO in London but also at our embassies and thank you to our high commissioners around the world who are working hard.

“Finally, the Health Secretary announced last week that UK trials have started.

“We are able to draw on the incredible scientific talent we have got in this country to pursue a vaccine.

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Dominic Raab lead the coronavirus briefing on Wednesday evening (Image: BBC)

During the Wednesday night coronavirus briefing, Mr Raab said the UK will provide Gavi, the international vaccine alliance, with the equivalent of £330m each year for the next fives years (Image: Getty)

“That effort has an international dimension to it too.

“So today we announced that the UK will provide Gavi, the international vaccine alliance, with the equivalent of £330million each year over the next five years.

“We seek to come up with a vaccine both to protect the British people but also to help immunize millions of the poorest and most vulnerable around the world.

“Combining the depth of our innovative know-how with the big-hearted determination that has characterised our national effort to defeat the coronavirus.”

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During the coronavirus briefing, Mr Raab also warned of a second wave of the virus erasing the progress made so far in the crisis. (Image: bbc)

During the coronavirus briefing, Mr Raab also warned of a second wave of the virus erasing the progress made so far in the crisis.

He claimed that the UK was at a crucial point and that the best move was to continue with the social distancing and lockdown measures.

He added that before lockdown measures could be relaxed the five key points must be reached. 

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Importance of social distancing explained (Image: Daily Express)

The five tests focus on the UK death rate, NHS ability to cope, Personal protection equipment availability, reliable data and the lack of a possible second wave. 

Mr Raab also warned if the UK does not make the correct decisions they could see a spike in coronavirus similar to that of Germany.

Mr Raab said: “Chancellor Merkel has said publicly and made it clear that they might need a second lockdown in Germany if the infection rate continues to rise.

“This is a very real risk and it is vital we proceed carefully, guided by the scientific advice so that our next step through this crisis is a sure-footed one.”

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