Roll up, roll up… and then roll up again? It has emerged that Covid booster jabs could be offered for years to come .
Britain has bought enough vaccines for two more boosters per person, under a deal to provide 114 million more jabs that can be modified against new variants.
All eligible adults are to be offered a third jab by the end of January, in an attempt to prepare defences against the omicron variant.
The new deal, announced by Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, comes amid concern further variants will emerge.
Health Editor Laura Donnelly reports that ministers believe the deal with Moderna and Pfizer , covering two years, will “future-proof” the country beyond this winter’s rollout.
But four days after the Prime Minister called for a rapid extension of boosters , the NHS had yet to issue plans for an accelerated rollout.
Our Q&A has all you need to know about who is eligible and how you can register .
Christmas parties are a hot topic in many workplaces at this time of year, but the conversations have gone into overdrive.
Although Boris Johnson has insisted that celebrations should continue despite the new variant, Cabinet minister Therese Coffey said revellers should exercise caution and that parties should not see much “snogging under the mistletoe” . Mr Javid also urged the public to take lateral flow tests before attending events.
With the hospitality industry mired in confusion, William Sitwell asks: Is omicron the death knell for pubs and restaurants?
- a cardiologist ‘caught the variant in London’ , sparking a global alert;
- a new test to pick up the omicron Covid variant is being developed;
- and Scotland’s health director encouraged family vaccine passports .
I flew with Prince Andrew, claims Maxwell accuser
Ghislaine Maxwell’s accuser told a court in New York how she was introduced by Jeffrey Epstein to Donald Trump at his Florida resort and took part in one of his beauty pageants, as the defence challenged her memory of the alleged abuse she suffered. On the third day of the trial, “Jane” – now an actress in her 40s – also told how at the age of 14 she had flown on Epstein’s private jet with high-profile figures, including Prince Andrew. Read our full coverage of the trial . In an impromptu press conference outside court, Maxwell’s brother Kevin later spoke of his relief at seeing her in person for the first time in more than 500 days .
‘Let older drivers avoid points on driving licence’
Running a red light… unnecessarily slow driving… poor motorway lane discipline. Older drivers should be able to commit these offences without getting points on their licence, a government-funded road safety report has recommended. The Older Drivers Task Force has instead called for a national rollout of trials that allow over-70s to take a fitness-to-drive test when caught driving carelessly – rather than face legal penalties. Mike Wright explains what the assessments would involve .
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Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Farage interviews Trump | Joe Biden, the US President, risked relations with the UK by removing Winston Churchill’s bust from the Oval Office, Donald Trump has said. In an interview with former Ukip leader Nigel Farage for GB News, he spoke of his surprise at one of Mr Biden’s first acts when he entered the White House earlier this year. Ed Power has our three-star review of the interview , bathed in a matey-ness aura.
- Migrant crisis | Brussels toughens asylum seeker rules in EU
- School shooting | Boy, 15, charged with terrorism and murder
- Michael Buerk | ‘Free speech threat at increasingly woke BBC’
- Anti-Semitism on Oxford Street | Chilling video of Nazi salutes
- Pub chef | ‘My killer shepherd’s pie made me a better cook’
Around the world: Baldwin says ‘I didn’t pull trigger’
Alec Baldwin wept as he told of his sorrow at accidentally shooting dead a cinematographer on a film set. The actor said he had “no idea” how a live bullet got into a gun he was using to rehearse a scene for the film Rust and insisted that he “didn’t pull the trigger”. US Editor Nick Allen has more from the star’s first interview about the tragedy .
Comment and analysis
- Allister Heath | The people who never want the Covid rules to end
- Michael Deacon | Things could be worse – just look at the EU
- Christopher Howse | Wicked plot to ban ‘ladies and gentlemen’
- Jeremy Warner | It is too late now for omicron restrictions
- Reader letters | Omicron response based on flawed understanding
- Sheridan Smith | Celia Walden on the star’s ‘great unravelling’ before our eyes
- Protecting feathered friends | To save Britain’s birds, it is time to lock your cat indoors
- Spicy favourite | Why the British balti deserves protection like French champagne
Sport briefing: WTA strips China of all tournaments
The Women’s Tennis Association last night suspended all tournaments in China after being shown “insufficient evidence” that former Wimbledon doubles champion Peng Shuai was safe. Steve Simon, the WTA’s chief executive, said he was “greatly concerned” about the risk players could face if it held events in China next year. In football, Liverpool piled more pressure on former manager Rafael Benitez with a record-breaking 4-1 win over Everton. Jason Burt has our match report .
Business briefing: BT’s non-white worker target
BT is aiming to more than double the share of its workforce from non-white backgrounds to 25 per cent by 2030, becoming the biggest British employer so far to impose such a target and going further than others. Philip Jansen, the chief executive, said the target was “very ambitious”, but insisted it was in line with official population forecasts. Looking ahead to 2022, we asked an expert for his four stock market predictions .
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