March 23, 2020 / 3:30 PM / 9 days ago

UK awards funding to coronavirus research, including vaccines

LONDON (Reuters) - Six coronavirus research projects, including two focussed on vaccines, will be the first to benefit from British government funding of 20 million pounds ($23 million), it said on Monday.

Two government-backed projects will receive new funding, enabling pre-clinical and clinical vaccine trials, as well as researchers wanting to develop manufacturing processes to produce a vaccine at a million-dose scale.

Other projects receiving funding include the examination of how existing treatments could be repurposed and the development of antibodies, the government said.

Reporting by Kate Holton, Editing by Paul Sandle

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