The funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore will be held on Saturday in what his family said would be a ‘small’ private service as they urged the public to stay at home.
The NHS fundraising hero’s daughters Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore said today that they had ‘no choice’ but to hold a ceremony for family only. The location has not yet been revealed but it is likely to be in his home county of Bedfordshire.
A leading figure in the UK’s vaccine rollout is “confident” all over-50s will have been offered a jab by May.
But chair of the UK Vaccine Taskforce Clive Dix acknowledged that a mutation of Covid could prove resistant to vaccines although the UK would be “prepared and ahead of the game” if that happened.
Britain can vaccinate almost 1,000 people a minute and ministers say they are “confident” that more than 30 million of the most vulnerable will be vaccinated within three months.
The pace reached on Saturday morning gives Britain a theoretical capacity of more than a million doses a day but supplies remain the constraint on moving this fast. On Friday 494,163 people received a first dose.
It’s always good to hear a government minister give a direct answer, and vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi certainly gave that on the Andrew Marr show this morning. Asked if the government was considering a vaccination passport so as to allow people, for example, to go on holiday, he said “no, we’re not. That’s not how we do things in the UK. We do them by consent.”
The Government may abandon the tier system and bring England out of lockdown in a nationwide approach, according to reports on Friday.
This week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the roadmap out of the third lockdown in England will be published in the week of February 22. It will start with schools reopening as early as March 8 – and there are reports there could be three stages with shops opening a month later, followed by pubs last as late as May.