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Coronavirus: Human clinical trial to start on Thursday

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said scientists at Oxford University will begin trialling a vaccine on people this Thursday - a stage which can often take years to reach.

The plan is to test it on around 500 volunteers by mid-May and if that work proves successful, give it to thousands more volunteers.

Speaking at the daily coronavirus press conference, he said the government will be giving £20m to the Oxford team to fund their human clinical trials.