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13 February 2020 01:41

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J&J gets US backing for vaccine against coronavirus, christened Covid-19

Video report by ITV News Health Correspondent Emily Morgan The ninth case of coronavirus in the UK has been confirmed in London, with a patient undergoing treatment at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. It comes after Steve Walsh, the "super-spreader" at the centre of the UK outbreak, revealed he is "happy to be home" after being given the all-clear and discharged from hospital. The United Nations health emergencies chief also said on Wednesday "it's way too early" to predict the beginning of the end of China's virus outbreak. Video report ITV News Science Editor Tom Clarke Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Witty confirmed the ninth case of coronavirus in the UK. He said: "One further patient in England has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in the UK to nine.

"This virus was passed on in China and the patient has now been transferred to a specialist NHS centre at Guy's and St Thomas' in London." Mr Walsh, a 53-year-old scout leader from Hove in East Sussex, contracted coronavirus on a business trip to Singapore - and is linked to five other people diagnosed with it in the UK. On his way back to the UK from Singapore, he stopped off at a ski region in France, where five other Britons were subsequently infected with coronavirus, now also known as Covid-19. Mr Walsh is also linked to a Briton taken ill in Majorca, taking the number of confirmed cases linked to him to 11. The latest case comes as the two-week quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside of 83 UK nationals flown back to Britain from Wuhan is set to end on Thursday morning, amid reports they have all tested negative for coronavirus. Of the nine people so far diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK, two are GPs. Officials know that the pair worked at a nursing home, Worthing Hospital A&E and two GP practices between them.

Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Wednesday it has traced and advised all close contacts of the two GPs, including about 12 patients. How does the Wuhan coronavirus compare to seasonal flu? Remus86/Getty Images THE Covid-19 coronavirus is similar to one detected in bats in China in 2013. But a failure to act on the warnings of those who studied it means we missed an opportunity to protect human health. While some are now saying the Covid-19 virus passed to humans from pangolins, it is likely that pangolins are merely victims of the infection, like us.

"From the virology evidence available to date, the virus is almost certainly from a species of bat," says Andrew Cunningham of the Zoological Society of London. For years, Zheng-Li Shi and her colleagues at the Wuhan … The US federal government has joined forces with Johnson & Johnson to accelerate the development of its vaccine for the novel coronavirus. The deal with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) will see J&J's Janssen pharma unit and the government agency collaborate on pushing the vaccine through trials as quickly as possible, with BARDA contributing both resources and funding. The new coronavirus – now given the official name Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) – has now killed more than 1,000 people, with tens of thousands of people infected worldwide, including almost 43,000 in China as of yesterday. J&J said the alliance with BARDA is part of a 'multipronged' response to the outbreak which along with the vaccine development also includes screening of antiviral molecules for activity against the coronavirus.

Its chief scientific officer Paul Stoffels said however that the development of a vaccine is "critical if we are to protect people against the novel coronavirus and combat future outbreaks". "We are…in discussions with other partners, that if we have a vaccine candidate with potential, we aim to make it accessible to China and other parts of the world," he added. BARDA, which is part of the US Department of Health & Human Services, will help fund the phase 1 trials of the vaccine candidate, with an option to extend that further if the initial studies are positive. Meanwhile, J&J has agreed to ramp up production and manufacturing capacity for the candidate. Worst-case scenario modelling for Covid-19 – also known as 2019-nCov – suggests it could infect 60% of the world's population with a 1% fatality rate, and that the numbers being reported in China underestimate the scale of the outbreak because they only include people with symptoms and don't include those who test positive but are asymptomatic. Some health leaders are predicting it won't be anywhere near that bad thanks to quarantine measures and China's decision to limit people's movements in the worst affected areas. There are signs that the rate of new infections is starting to slow, but that could be because health systems in China no longer have the capacity to register new cases, or because people with the virus are simply staying at home. The new nomenclature system – which derives from corona, virus, disease and the year it first emerged – will become standard for future outbreaks and is designed to prevent stigma or inaccuracy by avoiding "a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people," said the WHO. Other companies – including Moderna, CureVac and Novavas - are also developing vaccines against Covid-19. By choosing "I agree" below, you agree that NPR's sites use cookies, similar tracking and storage technologies, and information about the device you use to access our sites to enhance your viewing, listening and user experience, personalize content, personalize messages from NPR's sponsors, provide social media features, and analyze NPR's traffic. This information is shared with social media services, sponsorship, analytics and other third-party service providers. See details. Agree and Continue Revoke Agreement Decline and Visit Plain Text Site There are now 45,171 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that was first identified in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, in 25 countries and at least 1,115 deaths, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization. The number of newly reported cases, while still increasing each day, is growing at a slower rate than it was a week ago. Only one death has been reported outside of China, in the Philippines. In the U.S., there are 13 confirmed cases, with the most recent case in San Diego, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.