Coronavirus LIVE: UK ready to move to lockdown level three as deaths hit 34,636 and vaccine hope on horizon

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THE UK is ready to move into lockdown level three as the death toll hit 34,636 with hopes of a vaccine on the horizon.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma, at yesterday’s coronavirus Government briefing, praised work on a vaccine by UK researchers, promising Brits would be the first in line if a successful vaccine is developed here.

He added extra funding is also being pumped into the huge efforts to develop a vaccine, which would see a successful vaccine rolled out across the UK in just six months.

However Mr Sharma stressed the plans were dependent on manufacturing, adding that it’s possible a vaccine may never be developed.

Mr Sharma also announced the UK is now in a position to begin a move to level three of lockdown.

Meanwhile, the latest rise in deaths confirmed by NHS England is smaller than it was yesterday, when 181 deaths were logged.

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