- New guidance from the UK Health Security Agency says schools should call in the police to help manage any disorder from angry parents and campaigners protesting after ministers confirmed children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a first jab from next week
- Giving healthy adults in rich nations booster coronavirus jabs and vaccinating children should not occur when there are millions of at-risk adults yet to receive a first dose, the World Health Organisation said in a critique of the UK’s booster rollout
- People should be allowed to continue to work from home rather than being forced back into offices, a scientist advising the Government said
- The UK needs to learn how to lie with Covid hospitalisations, a Sage adviser warned
- Tory MPs do not need to wear masks in the Commons because they are not “strangers”, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said, as he said there “won’t be any single trigger” for more restrictions if there is an autumn spike
- Italy is to make a Covid-19 “Green Pass” mandatory for public and private sector workers, a minister said on Wednesday, becoming the first European country to do so as it tries to accelerate vaccination rates and stamp out infections
- Countries in Africa rated as being better prepared for a pandemic were the worst hit by Covid-19, a study suggested.
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