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Scientists at UK’s top lab given extra £29m to develop vaccines against Covid variants


SCIENTISTS at the UK’s top lab are being given an extra £29million to speed up development of jabs against Covid variants.

Ministers are pumping cash into Public Health England’s state-of-the-art facility in Porton Down, Wilts, where new strains of the virus are being studied.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the lab will “future-proof the country from the threat of new variants”.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi added: “Our vaccination programme has saved thousands of lives.

"This funding will ensure our vaccines are effective against any future variants of concern.”

Officials are planning to offer vulnerable Brits a third booster jab against variants from September.

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