Top story: Celebrities to push vaccine take-up Morning everyone. I’m Martin Farrer and these are the top stories you need to get up to speed this morning. Boris Johnson will today set out an impact assessment of coronavirus restrictions in an effort to convince his backbenchers to support the introduction of a new tier system in a crucial Commons vote tomorrow. The prime minister has written to the Covid Recovery Group of MPs to allay concerns about the economic impact of the new tier restrictions structure planned for England when the national lockdown ends this week, telling them that he believes the “worst is over”. He will point to data showing that infections in England have fallen by a third during the lockdown, with new cases in the north-west halving. However, dozens of MPs are still expected to abstain or vote against the measures, which will see 99% of the population placed under the top two tiers of restrictions. In order to prepare the country for mass vaccination against Covid-19, the NHS is planning to enlist “sensible” celebrities to make the case for having the jab amid concerns of a low take-up. Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United footballer who has… Read full this story
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