Clinical trials: What are clinical trials? How long do clinical trials take?

The government has confirmed clinical trials to find a vaccine for COVID-19 have begun, at a current cost of £20 million.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “In the midst of a global health emergency the UK is using all its extensive research expertise to quickly develop new vaccines to target this international threat.

“This investment will speed up globally-recognised vaccine development capabilities and help us find a new defence against this disease.”

Other projects receiving funding examine how existing treatments could be repurposed to treat coronavirus, developing antibodies to help target the virus, and examining how people at greatest risk of catching it could be identified.