Coronavirus live news: UK could scrap Covid vaccine passports; considers vaccinating 12-year-olds

Posted by on September 12, 2021 4:39 am
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9.33am BST

Sri Lanka is facing food shortages with customers in state-run supermarkets reporting long queues for items such as rice, sugar, lentils and milk powder, the BBC is reporting.

The government has denied there are shortages. It says that the strict controls on the supply of essential goods imposed on 30 August by president Gotabaya Rajapaksa was needed to prevent traders hoarding food items and control inflation.

8.50am BST

The Observer has an exclusive that Covid jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds “set to start in weeks”.

It reports:

Plans for Covid vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds across the UK are to be announced by the government this week, with a mass inoculation programme beginning in schools within two weeks, the Observer has been told.

New proposals for a Covid booster programme are also expected to be set out on Tuesday, but it is thought ministers may be backing away from plans for Covid passports in confined settings such as nightclubs amid opposition from some Tory MPs.

Related: Covid jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds ‘set to start in weeks’ across UK

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