- The next phase of the UK's vaccine rollout will be based on age rather than occupation, with those in their 40s next in line
- There is a "moral duty" to put saving lives first in the rollout, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says
- Hancock tells a Downing Street briefing that the aged-based approach is "fastest and simplest way"
- The health secretary also calls on people to "stick at it" in terms of observing the stay-at-home rules
- "Do not wreck this now... it is too early to relax", England's deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam adds
- A further 345 people in the UK have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test - a fall of 35% compared with last Friday
- The Ivory Coast receives its first shipment from the global vaccine-sharing scheme Covax
- Covid-19 R number across the UK is 0.6-0.9 - that's unchanged since last week
- Vaccinating people in order of age is the fastest way to cut Covid deaths in the next phase of the rollout, experts say
- Police and teaching unions criticise the decision not to prioritise their professions in vaccine rollout
- Czech Republic is set to tighten restrictions again, amid a big surge in cases
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Latest developments in the UK and around the worldHere’s what you need to know this morning:
- The Queen has urged the public to "think about other people" and get a Covid jab when they are offered one. The British monarch, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, received their first doses of the vaccine in January
- It will be "impossible" for NHS Scotland to recover from the pandemic if senior staff cannot be retained, the British Medical Association Scotland says
- Delayed decisions and party politicking has undoubtedly cost lives during the Covid-19 pandemic , according to Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann
- A British man has been sentenced to two weeks in prison and almost £550 for breaking quarantine rules in Singapore. Nigel Skea, 52 and from Southampton, left his room on three occasions in September
- Greece and Austria urge other EU states to adopt coronavirus vaccination "passports" which could help revive Europe's tourist industry
- Sri Lanka reverses a controversial mandatory order to cremate the bodies of all those who died of Covid-19
Friday's front pages focus on the Queen's vaccine comments
- A smiling Queen is pictured on many front pages after she encouraged people to come forward and get vaccinated.
- "It's selfish not to have the jab," is how the Daily Mail summarises her message which it describes as "historic" and "astonishing". It says it's "highly unusual for the sovereign to take such a firm public stand on contentious issues".
- "Do one's duty," is the Daily Mirror's headline which sees her remarks as a "stern rebuke to anti-vaxxers".
- The Daily Telegraph explains that it's been told by royal sources that it's the Queen's "passionately held belief" that everyone should get a jab. It draws a parallel with her decision in 1957 to let it be known that Prince Charles and Princess Anne had been given the polio vaccine to counter public fears.
You can read the full paper review here.
- The French prime minister, Jean Castex, has warned the government will impose new Covid measures, including weekend lockdowns in Paris and 19 other regions , from the start of March if signs of the coronavirus accelerating persist. France has also agreed with Germany to require coronavirus tests for workers commuting across their shared border.
- South Korea has launched its vaccination campaign. The first injections of the AstraZeneca’s vaccine were given to nursing home workers and patients across the country.
- Japan will decide on whether to relax its state of emergency in five prefectures on Friday , a week ahead of schedule, after a dramatic fall in new cases across the country.
- The former British prime minister, Tony Blair, says the length of the Covid outbreak could have been cut by three months if world leaders had collaborated on vaccines, testing and drugs . Blair, who was Labour PM from 1997 to 2007, urged the UK to take the lead in developing a new “health security infrastructure” that would ensure countries coordinate better in identifying emerging new threats as well as developing, testing and manufacturing vaccines and treatments.
- The Queen has said her Covid vaccine “didn’t hurt at all” and urged those wary of receiving the vaccine to “think about other people”. The 94-year-old was vaccinated along with her husband Prince Philip in January, telling health officials leading the rollout in a video call that she now felt “protected”.
- The European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, has warned against virus fatigue in member states. At a virtual summit, she reassured EU leaders over vaccine distribution, saying she would ban vaccines from leaving the EU if suppliers failed to deliver again.
- In the US, Joe Biden has hailed the 50m coronavirus vaccine doses given since he took office, but warned that the country must not relax . “We’re halfway there: 50 million shots in 37 days,” Biden said, referring to his ambition of 100m doses in his first 100 days as president. “That’s weeks ahead of schedule.”
- New Zealand has reported one new community case of Covid-19 , though the infected person has been in quarantine since February 23. The latest Auckland outbreak, now a dozen people strong, has seen Australia declare the city a “hotspot” and close its borders to New Zealand citizens. Air New Zealand has halted all flights to Australia until Sunday, pending review.