Ministers are in a race against time to help British scientists develop a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus as they warned the infection was expected to reach the UK within days. Officials working for Health Secretary Matt Hancock say that after three cases were uncovered in France over the weekend, the ‘operational assumption’ is that it will reach Britain by the end of the week – and possibly even sooner. The Mail on Sunday understands the development has led Mr Hancock to order an acceleration in trials of vaccines targeting the virus. People wearing face masks arrive at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, 24 January 2020. The UK is to begin monitoring direct flights from China to stem the spread of the coronavirus in Britain. Ministers are in a race against time to help British scientists develop a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus as they warned the infection was expected to reach the UK within days Health officials are trying to track down an estimated 2,000 people who have recently returned to Britain from the region around the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began. There is a particular focus on schools and universities attended by more than 100,000 Chinese students…. Read full this story
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