A doctor spearheading the search for a coronavirus vaccine has today said it is the most frightening thing he has ever encountered – as a second Briton is confirmed dead and number of UK cases rises to 163. Dr Richard Hatchett, the boss of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, said we need to be prepared to go to war on the virus as he reveals it could take between 12-18 months to develop a vaccine and cost £1.5m ($2bn). It comes as Boris Johnson today urged Britons to brace for ‘substantial disruption’ that could last months as he pumped £46million into a coronavirus vaccine and testing kits. The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has now tripled in the space of three days, with just 51 confirmed on Tuesday. Forty-seven cases were announced today – the UK’s largest daily toll. And travellers were today left fearing they may have unknowingly caught the coronavirus after two baggage handlers at London Heathrow tested positive for the killer infection – raising concerns the virus could have passed onto passengers’ luggage, where it could survive for up to three days. Speaking to Channel 4 News, Dr Hatchett said: ‘I’ve been working on epidemic preparedness for… Read full this story
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