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UK coronavirus LIVE: Death toll rises by 66 as vaccine 'could give double protection against virus'

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 16/07/2020
A man wears a protective face mask, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine © Thomson Reuters A man wears a protective face mask, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine

Scientists at Oxford believe they have made a breakthrough after discovering a Covid-19 vaccine may be able to provide "double protection" against the virus. 

The trial in healthy adult volunteers, which began in April, reportedly showed the vaccine generated an immune response, with blood samples indicating it stimulated the body to produce both antibodies and "killer T-cells". The combination of the two responses "will hopefully keep people safe".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday that teams were working towards a "best case scenario" of a vaccine being made available some time this year, although conceded it was more likely in 2021.

It comes as the death toll in the UK rose by 66 on Thursday. No deaths were reported in Northern Ireland and Wales, while England recorded 19 and Scotland recorded one.

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