Six coronavirus research projects, including two focusing on developing a vaccine for the coronavirus, are to share £20 million in Government investment.

The other projects receiving this funding will look at whether existing treatments can be used to treat the coronavirus, whether antibodies can be developed, and expanding our understanding of the virus.

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said: “The world faces an unprecedented challenge in our efforts to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and it is vital we harness our research capabilities to the fullest extent to limit the outbreak and protect life.”

The investment follows £30 million of new funding for the National Institute for Health Research to enable further rapid research into COVID-19, and an additional £10 million to increase Public Health England’s ability to test people and monitor the virus, announced in the Budget (11 March).

Last reviewed 24 March 2020