Coronavirus: hope of vaccine by the autumn say Oxford scientists – BBC News

Scientists in Oxford are hoping to have created a million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by September. They are one of a group of research teams who are to receive funding from a new government task force leading the search for a vaccine.

The effort to create a vaccine is a huge global undertaking and there are warnings that there is no guarantee of success.

The pressure to carry out more tests on frontline staff for coronavirus infection is continuing. The UK government says testing will be extended to the police, fire and prison services.

Ministers are also reviewing whether people should wear face masks in public spaces to stop the spread of the virus. A growing number of European countries recommend wearing them.

Meanwhile demand for help from food banks has soared as many people have lost their incomes.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reports from Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh, Science Editor David Shukman and Social Affairs Correspondent Michael Buchanan.

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