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Raab: Government confident both Covid jabs will be given

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the government is "quietly confident" that people will receive both doses of the Covid vaccine, however did not guarantee the second would come within 12 weeks of the first. He added the UK was "on track" with the vaccination timetable, administering more vaccine than any other country in Europe. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Parts of UK wakes up to snow

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Wide areas of the UK woke-up this morning to a covering of snow, up to 8 centimetres thick in parts, providing fun for some. Earlier weather warnings have now been lifted. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Doctor urges public to stay home until vaccinations complete

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Dr Sara Kayat says it is crucial the public continue adhering to Covid restrictions and staying at home, until the the national vaccination programme is complete. She warned the new virus variant is transmitted 50-70% faster than the initial strain as the same time last year. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

British Red Cross: Covid deaths colossal loss across world

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The British Red Cross says every Covid death repesents a "colossal loss" across the world, as it expects the global death toll to hit two million on Saturday. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

UK has one of most robust Covid travel rules, minister says

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Aviation Minister Robert Courts says the UK has "always had one of the most robust" travel measures across the world throughout the Covid pandemic. His comments follow an announcement the country is to close all travel corridors from Monday over growing concerns of rising infections, and the risks of new strains. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Home Sec responsible for criminals walking free, Labour says

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Nick Thomas-Symonds says Home Secretary Priti Patel will be "responsible for criminals walking free", after thousands of records were accidentally deleted from the police national computer due to a coding error. The shadow home secretary also accused Ms Patel of "hiding", and called on her to make a statement regarding the blunder. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour: Government needs to get grip on quarantine system

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Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds welcomes the government's efforts to tighten travel, however says it lacks a "comprehensive strategy" to protect the country's borders. He added the it needed to "get a grip" on the quarantining system. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

UK to close travel corridors from Monday

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the closure of all travel corridors from Monday to protect the UK against new coronavirus strains, ending the quarantine exemption for arrivals from selected nations. He told the Downing Street press conference that anyone who wishes to travel to the UK must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test in the previous 72 hours. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Magicians mark 100 years of sawing people in half

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Magicians have marked the 100th anniversary of one of the world's most popular magic tricks - sawing a person in half. Former magician's assistant Debbie McGee says the trick is still one of her favourite illusions to watch and thinks its lasting popularity is because people "like being baffled". Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

South American Covid variant 'is a concern'

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Doctor Jennifer Rohn has said the new South American coronavirus variant is a "concern", adding that the vaccine might be "slightly less effective" against the mutation. However, the virologist from University College London said the current coronavirus vaccines can be "tweaked really quickly" and that "within a matter of weeks or months we could replace the vaccine strain with a new one that recognises the mutation". Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Vaccine supply is an issue says GP

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Despite the speedy rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, GPs say they are concerned about the quantity and predictability of the vaccine distribution. Professor Azeem Majeed says local vaccine sites are "running out of vaccine quite regularly", adding that "if we had more supplies of vaccine, we could certainly vaccinate more quickly and vaccinate a lot more people." He described vaccine distribution as a "very stop-start process" whereby "we vaccinate for a few days and then we stop for a week" as the site waits for more vaccine to arrive. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour demand answers after arrest records wiped

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Labour is demanding answers from Home Secretary Priti Patel after 150,000 arrest records were accidentally wiped from police databases last week. The Home Office said in a statement it was working with police to "assess the impact" of the glitch, which reportedly occurred by accident during a weekly "weeding" session to expunge data. Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds has called on Ms Patel to take responsibility for the blunder and provide clarity over its impact. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Shapps: 'Belt and braces' approach to South American travel

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Travellers from across South America have been banned from entering the UK amid growing concerns about a mutant coronavirus strain which has emerged in Brazil. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the government is implementing a "belt and braces" approach to the region. He said that the vaccine should be able to cope with the new variant but added "we just don't want any further complications right now". Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

South London hospital overwhelmed by Covid patients

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ITV News was invited to film inside St George's Hospital in South London - one of many overwhelmed by the sheer number of Covid patients. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Study finds Covid immunity lasts at least 5 months

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Previous Covid-19 infection provides some immunity for at least five months, but people may still carry and transmit the virus, according to a new study. Professor Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser at Public Health England and lead of the Siren study said the "vast majority" of participants were protected from re-infection and described the findings as "very good news". Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Minister makes assurances about Covid vaccine supplies

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Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has assured the public that there are enough Covid vaccine doses to meet the government's pledge of inoculating the majority of the most vulnerable by the end of February. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

High Street Pharmacies Begin Covid Vaccinations

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High street pharmacies have begun to roll out Covid vaccines across England, as the country’s virus death toll passed 100,000. Boots and Superdrug are among the six stores that started administering jabs today. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said distribution “will be going to 24/7 as soon as we can”, but admitted supply was the limiting factor at the moment. Over 200 community pharmacies will be able to give vaccines by the end of January, NHS England said in a statement. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Travel to UK from South America banned over Covid variant

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that travel to the UK from all of South America as well as Portugal will be banned from 4am on Friday because of concerns over the Brazilian variant of coronavirus. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Large numbers vaccinated at Oldham drive-thru centre

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Over a thousand people are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 at Oldham’s drive-thru centre in Greater Manchester today. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Lib Dem MP calls for compensation for long Covid sufferers

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Frontline workers living with long Covid should have access to a compensation scheme if they are unable to return to work, a Liberal Democrat MP has said. Opening a general debate on long Covid, Layla Moran said: "Long Covid affects young as well as old and the numbers are staggering". Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Sturgeon confirms Scotland's vaccine plan taken down

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed Scotland's deployment plan for coronavirus vaccination has been taken offline after the UK Government raised concerns that it disclosed too much detail about supplies. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Trump First US President in History to be Impeached Twice

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Donald Trump is the first US President in history to be impeached twice. He was charged with ‘inciting insurrection’ over last week’s deadly Capitol siege. Although Trump called on his followers to remain peaceful, unprecedented security precautions were taken for the impeachment hearing. The president’s impeachment trial will not take place until after he leaves office however lawmakers could vote to bar him from holding political office ever again. Report by Shoulderg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour building ‘close working relationship’ with Biden

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Sir Keir Starmer has said his team is already building "a close working relationship" with US president-elect Joe Biden's team. During a visit to a mass vaccination centre in Stevenage, the Labour leader said the Democrat's presence in the White House will "make a huge difference" in America as well as in the UK. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Starmer calls for round-the-clock vaccinations

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Sir Keir Starmer has urged ministers to go further and use England's 11,500 pharmacies to deliver round-the-clock vaccinations by the end of next month. The Labour leader spoke while visiting a mass vaccination centre in Stevenage this morning. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Minister launches 'Ask for Ani' scheme for abuse victims

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Safeguarding Minister Victoria Atkins has announced a scheme where victims of domestic abuse can "Ask for Ani" in pharmacies across the UK to signal to staff that they need help. With police under growing pressure to enforce the lockdown, official figures show that in the first three months of the pandemic, a fifth of offences recorded by officers in England and Wales related to domestic abuse. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Covid vaccinations start at community pharmacy in Cheshire

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Coronavirus vaccinations have begun at a community pharmacy in Cheshire. Andrews pharmacy in Macclesfield, along with Boots and Superdrug branches are among the six stores across England which started administering the Covid vaccine today. 82-year-old Robert Salt was first to be inoculated on the opening day by director and pharmacist Andrew Hodgson who said he felt "honoured" to be part of the immunisation process. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Covid vaccinations start at Boots branch in Halifax

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82-year-old Victoria Watling became the first person to receive the coronavirus vaccine at the Boots pharmacy in Halifax. Boots and Superdrug branches are among the six stores across England which started administering the Covid vaccine today. Clinical pharmacist Bhavika Mistry, who administered the Oxford AstraZeneca jab spoke of the importance of opening smaller hubs around the country which she said are “more accessible” to local communities. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Covid vaccinations start at high street pharmacies

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High street pharmacies have begun to roll out Covid vaccines, Boots and Superdrug branches are among the six stores across England which started administering today. 82-year-old Derek Mersh from Surrey became the first person to be inoculated at the Guildford Superdrug store this morning. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

London hospital treating three times number Covid patients

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A record number of Covid patients have died in the UK, with 1,564 deaths in a single day and hospital admissions topping 36,000. The pandemic has put colossal strain on the NHS and has seen one of the busiest Covid wards in the country at London's Royal Free Hospital treating three times the number of patients. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

NI haulier 'shocked' at problems of moving goods from GB

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Peter Summerton, managing director of McCulla Ireland, a major Irish haulier working out of Belfast Port, has said he was "shocked" as to how "bad" the process of moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Vallance: Signs infections levelling off in Tier 4 areas

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UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance says there are signs Covid infections are starting to level off in some areas that have been in Tier 4 restrictions the longest. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Northern Ireland Supermarkets Hit by Shortages

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Several supermarkets have been hit by food shortages in Northern Ireland, following the new checks imposed by Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there were “teething problems” in trade between Britain and Northern Ireland, but that goods were flowing “effectively and in normal volumes”. British Retail Consortium director Andrew Opie said the problems that had led to a shortage of some food products following the end of the Brexit transition period had largely been overcome. However, the UK’s major supermarkets have warned that the system will become “unworkable” if further new certification requirement for food products are introduced in April. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: Government concerned about Brazilian Covid variant

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government is concerned about the new Covid variant to emerge in Brazil. He added it was taking steps to protect the UK against the strain, however did not announce a travel ban from Brazil. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: Test and Trace played important part in pandemic

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended the Covid Test and Trace system, insisting it had conducted 56 million tests - "the highest in Europe". He said without the system, the government would not know some of the vital information about the South African variant due to the genomics of Test and Trace. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: Very substantial risk of ICUs being overwhelmed

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the risk of intensive care units being overwhelmed is "very substantial", although he could not give a prediction as to when. He added the strain on the NHS was "colossal" with hospitals dealing with 70% more inpatients than they were at the peak of the pandemic in April. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: Free school meal picture insult to families

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the free school meal provided by catering company Chartwells as "disgraceful", adding it was an "insult" to families who received them. He insisted the government wanted to see kids "properly fed" throughout the Covid pandemic, and will restart the free school meal voucher scheme. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Boris Johnson departs Downing Street for PMQs

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson departs Downing Street for PMQs ahead of his appearance before the cross-party Liaison Committee. Report by Browna. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: 24-hour vaccine programme coming as soon as we can

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the Covid vaccine programme would be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, "as soon as [the government] can". He adds the limit was currently on supply of the vaccine. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Dodds calls for long-term plan as economy is in 'fragile'

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Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds says it is "critically important" the government has a long-term prospective, while the country is in a "fragile economic state". Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Williamson: No intention to close nurseries during lockdown

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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says nurseries will remain open in accordance with advice the government had received. He adds transmission of the virus is the lowest compared to "all settings". Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Williamson 'disgusted' at picture of free school meal

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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says he was "disgusted" at the picture of a free school meal provided to children by catering company Chartwells. He added the were clear standards that needed to be delivered against, and it had been made clear to Chartwells its behaviour was "not right" and "will not be tolerated". Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Hancock: Government up for 24-hour Covid vaccinations

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the government is "up for doing" 24-hour Covid vaccinations if "that is what is needed", however says the supply of the vaccine is the limiting factor. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Priti Patel: Police ‘Will Enforce Regulations’

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Home Secretary Priti Patel said a minority of people are “putting the health of the nation at risk”, as she insisted the “rules are clear”. It comes as UK police forces step up efforts to enforce lockdown restrictions across the country. Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said that laws will be enforced “more quickly”, and rule-breakers are more likely to be fined. Some 32,000 Covid-related fines have been issued in England and Wales since March 2020, with a sharp increase in penalties recorded during England’s second lockdown in November. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Priti Patel defends PM on 'stay local' message

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Home Secretary Priti Patel defends the government's 'stay local' message on exercise amid criticism after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was spotted cycling 7 miles away from Downing Street. Ms Patel says it's up to all of us exercise our own the judgement in reducing contact with others and defended the prime minister for doing the same. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Patients being transferred out of London for treatment

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The Regional Medical Director for the London at NHS England Dr Vin Diwakar said patients are being transferred outside the capital for treatment as hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of Covid-19 patients. Speaking at the Downing Street press conference Dr Diwakar said that the NHS Nightingale Hospital is now open to treat non-covid patients but warned more patients may need to be treated outside the capital if rates continue to increase. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Police on patrol to deal with illegal gatherings

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Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council, says more officers are to be on patrol to deal with irresponsible behaviour including illegal gatherings and parties being organised across the country. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Priti Patel warns police moving to issue more fines

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Home Secretary Priti Patel warns the police are moving more quickly to issue fines for those breaking coronavirus restrictions. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour shames government over poor free school meals

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Labour's Shadow Children's and Early years minister Tulip Siddiq says the government has failed to get a grip on the provision of free school meals for families on low incomes during the latest lockdown. It comes after pictures emerged on social media of poor supplies being distributed to families, failing to amount to the value of £30 or last for two weeks worth of meals. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Rabb announces new measures to combat forced labour in China

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced new measures to clampdown on the use of forced labour in China's Xinjiang province. Businesses involved in the use of forced labour in the region will not be allowed to do business in the UK, while safeguards are also being introduced to ensure UK businesses are not involved in their supply chain. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Matt Hancock 'proud' of vaccine rollout

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he is "proud" of the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine which has seen 2.3 million people receive their first dose. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn