British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a press conference on Thursday that if citizens follow government advice on coronavirus, he thinks the country can turn the tide within the next 12 weeks. 

After this period, scientists will be better able to fight the coronavirus, and that randomized tests for vaccines will start within a month.

The U.K. was also in negotiations to buy hundreds of thousands of antibodies test that could tell if people had previously had the coronavirus, Johnson said, adding that this means they would have had greater immunity to the disease and return to normal

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