President Emmanuel Macron and chancellor Angela Merkel held a video call with the Russian leader to discuss “co-operation”, which would lead to the Sputnik jab being used in the bloc once it is approved by regulators.
The move came after German authorities suspended use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab for the under-60s over blood clot fears.
No 10 was forced to reiterate that the vaccine was “safe, effective and has already saved thousands of lives”.
Global Health Security Editor Paul Nuki writes that Britain could be in for a rough ride with the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, but there is no need to panic. Read his analysis and what scientists say about safety concerns.
Britain is leading the way on race relations, says report
The UK is a model for race relations and inequality between different ethnic groups may be caused by other factors, a landmark report says today. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which was created by Boris Johnson after the Black Lives Matter protests, today publishes its 264-page findings. The report concludes that while Britain is not a “post-racial society”, the success of ethnic minorities in education and the economy should be a “beacon” for other countries. It found that factors such as social class and family structures often explain differences in outcomes for ethnic groups rather than discrimination.
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Banker ‘had No 10 business card’ | Fresh calls for an inquiry into David Cameron’s links to financier Lex Greensill have been voiced after it appeared the banker had his own No 10 email address and direct phone line. A Downing Street business card from 2012 purportedly described him as a senior adviser to the “Prime Minister’s Office”. Matt sees the funny side of Mr Cameron’s situation in today’s cartoon.
Around the world: ‘Sorry to George for not saving him’
The teenager who captured the viral footage of Derek Chauvin pinning George Floyd to the ground said she spent sleepless nights apologising to the 46-year-old for not “saving his life”, as she testified during the former police officer’s murder trial. Read the latest from Rozina Sabur in Minneapolis and view our gallery of more striking world pictures.
Carnage becomes clear | The implosion of Bill Hwang’s trading empire could trigger £7.3bn of losses across the financial system, analysts warned, as watchdogs launched an investigation into how banks handled the fund. Experts at JP Morgan doubled their estimate for losses by major banks from the liquidation of Mr Hwang’s firm, Archegos.
Cricket | England fear their leading players will quit international cricket if they are not given permission to play in the Indian Premier League, the national team’s managing director said. Ex-spin bowler Ashley Giles voiced concerns after criticism over England’s rotation.