Boris 'absolutely needed intensive care, nurse says - as it happened

23 April 2020, 05:50

Vaccine trials will start on Thursday
Vaccine trials will start on Thursday. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

A nurse who treated the Prime Minister in hospital for Covid-19 says he "absolutely needed" intensive care, Jenny McGee, from New Zealand, has denied suggestions Boris Johnson got special treatment.

The first human trials of a potential vaccine are taking place in Oxford today but a vaccine is unlikely to be available before the year is out, despite tens of millions of pounds being poured into the research.

England’s chief medical officer says some social distancing measures would need to stay in place until there was a drug which reduces the severity of the virus.

Up to 30,000 households could take part in a new study to understand the current rate of infection in the UK.

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