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£29m boost for Covid battle in bid to speed up development of vaccines that protect against new virus variants Government concerned third virus wave could be triggered by new variant  Matt Hancock is investing £29.3m in series of new laboratories in Wiltshire  They develop vaccines that protect against virus variants much more quickly 

By Sophie Borland for the Daily Mail

Published: 01:13 BST, 5 May 2021 | Updated: 01:13 BST, 5 May 2021

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Vaccines that protect against new virus variants will be developed much more quickly thanks to a major new research hub, Matt Hancock has pledged.

The Health Secretary is investing £29.3million into a series of new laboratories at the Porton Down research centre in Wiltshire.

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Government officials are concerned a third virus wave could be triggered by the emergence of a new variant that cannot be protected by vaccines in use now.

While scientists are confident existing vaccines provide some protection against the Kent and South African variants, little is known about their effectiveness against others, including the Brazilian and Indian variants.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured) is investing £29.3million into a series of new laboratories at the Porton Down research centre in Wiltshire, which will mean vaccines that protect against new virus variants will be developed much more quickly

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured) is investing £29.3million into a series of new laboratories at the Porton Down

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