BRIT scientists have high hopes for a new coronavirus vaccine that they say could be "in humans" by June.
Researchers at Imperial College London say they have already trialled the vaccine in mice and it works "really really well".
Five top scientists led by Robin Shattock scrambled to have the vaccine ready for animal trials in just two weeks – with most vaccines being developed to that stage in three years, The Express revealed.
The meds work by encouraging the human body to make proteins found on the virus and teaching the body how to fight it.
In turn, the body's system will produce antibodies and protection against future infection.
The researchers are now coordinating with a team in Paris to test out the jab on monkeys after succesful trials on mice.
Dr Paul Mckay, senior researcher said: "I've got results from a month after [injecting mice] and the vaccine works really really well.
"The next thing is we need the government to fund us to do human clinical trials."
If the scientists can secure the £200 million government funding needed that Dr Mckay says: "We will put it into people in June".
He added: "If British scientists here develop a vaccine it would be great if the government supported it."
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Brits told to self-isolate for a week if they have a 'mild' cold or a cough
BRITS are being told to do their duty for the country's coronavirus effort and self-isolate for seven days if they have a mild cough or cold.
Anyone with even mild symptoms should not leave home for seven days from when their symptoms start to stop the virus spreading.
People staying at home for seven days should stay at least two metres away from people whenever possible, according to Public Health England's guidelines.
They should also sleep alone – as well as wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water.
Today it was announced that football in England was put on hold and all mass gatherings are due to be cancelled.
Meanwhile cities and towns across Britain appeared deserted at times today as people worked from home and avoided shops and transport links over concerns about the virus.
Concern grew as the UK death toll rose to 11 with confirmed cases up 208 to 798, the biggest daily leap yet.
In the last 24 hours the UK has seen an enormous 35 per cent increase in cases of the deadly virus.
Football in England was put on hold and all mass gatherings are due to be cancelled.
But the PM said schools would not close yet despite almost 600 people catching the virus, with 20 positive cases in Northern Ireland.
The PM confirmed Britain would move to the "delay" phase to try and stem the spread.
He said: "At all stages we have been guided by the science and we will do the right things at the right time.
"We are not closing schools now, the scientific advice is that this could do more harm than good at this time.
"Of course we are keeping this under review and this may change as the disease spreads.
"Schools should only close if they are specifically advised to do so."
And cops will soon have powers to arrest suspected coronavirus carriers with authorities given the go ahead to halt “any vehicle, train, vessel or aircraft” and close ports if immigration officers are struck down with the deadly bug.
The new rules will allow “medical professionals, public health professionals and the police to … detain and direct individuals in quarantined areas at risk or suspected of having the virus.”
Chillingly, there are also measures to speed up cremations and burials, according to a draft seen by The Times.
All new powers will be unveiled Monday by No 10 as Boris reveals the next steps in his coronavirus game plan.
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