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People wait on the concourse at Paddington Station in London after the announcement of Tier 4 Covid restrictions. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Restrictions which forced millions of people across the UK to tear up their Christmas plans may have to remain for “the next couple of months”, health(...)

Addressing MPs on Thursday Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock said infections in the southeast rose by 46 per cent in the past week. Photograph: PRU/AFP

More than two out of three people in England will be living under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from Saturday after measures were tigh(...)

British health secretary Matt Hancock updates MPs on the areas which will be moved into Tier 3, in the House of Commons, London. Photograph: PA Video/PA Wire

A new variant of coronavirus has been identified in the UK that could be contributing to a rapid rise in infections in some parts of the country. Res(...)

Health secretary Matt Hancock falsely claimed Brexit had enabled the UK to grant early vaccine authorisation and tearfully invoked the second World War by declaring it ‘V Day’. Photograph: Simon Dawson/AFP via Getty Images

The distribution of Covid-19 vaccines this week, in record time and with stunning effectiveness rates in clinical trials, is a remarkable feat of cros(...)

A nurse administering the Pfizer-BioNTech  vaccine to care home worker Pillay Jagambrun at Croydon University Hospital in  London. Photograph: Dan Charity/Pool/Getty Images

Britain has begun its biggest ever immunisation programme after it became the first country in the world to administer a vaccine against coronavirus o(...)

In announcing that Britain’s medicines regulator had given early approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine - thus becoming the first state to sanction its use - and that the first jabs would be given next week, British government ministers could not resist making cheap political points. Photograph: BioNTech SE 2020/PA Wire

For months public health authorities have worked to temper expectations about the chances of a vaccine bringing a swift end to the Covid-19 pandemic. (...)

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier  at Brexit talks in central London on Thursday. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Talks between EU and British negotiators continued in London on Thursday night amid warnings that significant gaps remained as time was running out to(...)

European Medicines Agency may approve a second vaccine, from Moderna, at a further meeting on January 12th, after which distribution would also begin in Ireland. Photograph: BioNTech SE 2020/PA Wire

Distribution of a vaccine for Covid-19 could start in the first weeks of the new year, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has indicated. The Europe(...)

Jessica Walker and Nicola Foster pose at sunrise before swimming at Charlton Lido, Hornfair Park, London, on its first day of reopening after the second national lockdown ended in England. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has warned that it will be months before the first phase of vaccination against coronavirus is completed, after Britain on Wednesday bec(...)

European regulators have been operating rolling reviews of various late stage vaccine candidates as part of an effort to fast-track approval for effective vaccines

Britain has become the first developed country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine when its regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agen(...)

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