Monday evening UK news briefing: Up to 60m Novavax Covid vaccine doses being manufactured in UK

The weather is good, rules have been relaxed and the Prime Minister wants you to “take advantage of this beautiful moment” and play sport outside.

Yet Boris Johnson and his advisers also urged caution as they gave a press conference in Downing Street’s new £2.6m media room for the first time, with slides showing the majority of transmission is in younger age groups who have not yet been vaccinated.

Mr Johnson also revealed details of an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline to finish and bottle the new Novovax vaccine in the North East.

Manufacturing of 50m to 60m doses is already underway, ready to be rolled out if the MHRA gives its approval.

It comes as the Prime Minister’s spokesman suggested UK vaccine supplies will not be shared with other countries until all British adults have been offered a jab.

Read a reminder of how rules have been relaxed from today and if you are planning a rule of six outdoors party, Shane Watson has 10 ways to make sure it is a success.

As the Government considers adding France to its “red list” of countries from which direct flights are banned, British holidaymakers are being urged to turn their attention to holidays on home soil this summer.

Indeed, overseas holidays are banned under UK law from today as new legislation comes into force, with those travelling abroad without a “reasonable excuse” facing fines of up to £5,000. 

Christopher Winn reveals where you should go if you are looking for a slice of Provence.

As the weather warms up, here are the best secret beaches in England.

Floyd trial ‘referendum on how far America has come’

George Floyd’s family said the trial of the former police officer accused of killing the 46-year-old would serve as a “referendum on how far America has come” ahead of opening arguments in the trial in Minneapolis. Mr Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, said he was hopeful that Derek Chauvin would be convicted of second-degree murder when the jury was shown the video of his brother’s last moments. Follow live updates from the trial and read a guide to what you need to know about the case.

New breed of apps aiming to help us eat more healthily

They are billed as the next step in health optimisation. A new breed of apps tracking our blood sugar is hoping to make us eat more sensibly and snack less. However, experts warn the data overload from sugar sensors could do more harm than good. Charlotte Lytton tried out one of the apps to see what it is like to have a nutritionist in your pocket.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Private school rape culture | Parents have been told to hand their sons into police if they believe they have been responsible for a sexual assault, a senior officer has urged in the wake of the private schools rape culture scandal. Read on for Chief Constable Simon Bailey’s comments as over 7,000 incidents were logged on a website set up for potential victims.

Around the world: China and Russia’s military arsenal

Peel away the euphemisms, and Britain’s Integrated Review of defence and security policy identified two global adversaries: Xi Jinping’s China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Both countries have invested heavily in their own military modernisation over the past few decades. But they have different priorities, and present radically different challenges.

Monday interview

‘Capt Tom taught me all about the British spirit’

Michael Ball


Michael Ball


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Michael Ball reveals to James Hall his role in the NHS hero’s funeral and why he’s written a song in memory of Victoria Wood

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Business and money briefing

Hedge fund sell-off hits markets | Credit Suisse and Nomura have warned they face giant losses as some of the world’s biggest investment banks tally their exposure to defaults associated with hedge fund Archegos Capital Management. Read on for details.

Sport briefing

F1 title race | For the first time in years, Red Bull and Mercedes looks tantalisingly close – but can the greatest team in F1 history really be beaten? Luke Slater analyses what Red Bull must do to topple its rival.

Three things for tonight

And finally… for this evening’s downtime

The nation’s village hall turns 150 | Celebrating a centenary and a half today, the Royal Albert Hall symbolises Britain’s rich cultural heritage – and our national oddball streak. Alex Diggins tells the London venue’s story – from mass weddings to Pink Floyd’s “lunacy”.

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