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Saturday’s coronavirus news: Russia defends Sputnik V vaccine; Britain’s weekly cases at highest since July

Lab that developed Russian jab says decision ‘not based on science’; UK adviser says measures need to be in place now to get transmission rates down

Here is a good picture to start your weekend with as a zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia, reopens following a dramatic fall in Covid cases in the country.

In case you missed it last night, the senior official credited with the early success of the Covid vaccine rollout in England is returning to the NHS to resume her role overseeing the programme, months after leaving to become the head of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street delivery unit.

The next phase of the vaccination programme is extremely important. We know that the vaccine is helping us to save lives and so we must focus all of our efforts on rolling out the booster campaign to everyone eligible, as well as ensuring that everyone who has not yet had their first jab, including young people, gets the chance to come forward.

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