More than a million 16 and 17-year-olds to be offered first COVID jab, with no need for parental consent

All 16 and 17-year-olds are to be offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended, with teenagers not needing the consent of their parents to get a jab.

New deadlier COVID variant that could kill one in three infected people ‘a realistic possibility’, SAGE warns

The emergence of a new COVID variant with a similar death rate to MERS, which kills one in three infected people, is a “realistic possibility”, the government’s scientific advisers have warned.