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1. Pfizer supply shortage forces Covid vaccine rollout to slow down
Shortages of the Pfizer vaccine have forced the NHS to slow the rollout of jabs despite ministers promising to use the delay to the ending of Covid restrictions to vaccinate as many people as possible.
Supplies of the Pfizer jab to virus hotspots in which Covid case rates are rising among younger groups have been cut, The Telegraph has learned. Read the full story.
2. Post-Brexit Britain should light a bonfire of EU red tape to fuel economic growth, say MPs
Post-Brexit Britain should abandon the EU’s “excessively cautious” approach to regulation and light a bonfire of red tape to fuel economic growth, a task force commissioned by Boris Johnson has said.
In the first major blueprint for regulatory reform since leaving the bloc, a group of senior Tory MPs have urged the Prime Minister to junk the “precautionary principle”, which they warn is stifling British businesses. Read the full story.
3. Exclusive: No green light to start vaccinating children, ministers to be told
Ministers will be advised against the mass rollout of Covid vaccinations to children until scientists obtain more data on the risks, The Telegraph understands.
Experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are expected to make a recommendation against the vaccination of under-18s in the immediate future. Read the full story.
4. Wage growth sets up £5bn record rise in state pension
Pensioners are on track to receive the largest ever rise in state benefits next April at a cost of £5bn to the Government because of Covid.
The state pension rises every year by the highest of average wage growth, inflation or 2.5pc under the triple lock, which the Tories committed to in their manifesto. Read the full story.
5. Primary school pupils should learn about white privilege, says RE teachers’ organisation
Primary school pupils should be taught about white privilege, religious education (RE) teachers have been told in new curriculum guidance.
Lessons should introduce children aged 8-11 to the “key concept” of white privilege, described as invisible benefits that society affords to people “because of their whiteness”, according to the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE). Read the full story.
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