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The government has donated £20 million towards a break-neck plan to produce a vaccine to combat the deadly new coronavirus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the money would help the UK lead the way in developing a new inoculation.
It comes as the death toll in China increased to 361 with the total number of cases there now above 17,000.
Meanwhile 11 Britons flown back from Wuhan – the outbreak’s epicentre – have begun two weeks in quarantine.
The additional evacuees – who travelled from China via France – joined 83 people already in group isolation at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral.
The government’s £20m investment will go to CEPI – the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations