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UK Covid live: vaccines have prevented 60,000 deaths and 22m infections in England, new research suggests

Latest updates: new figures came ahead of publication of Public Health England’s latest vaccine surveillance report

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution says it received around £200,000 in donations in a 24-hour period this week as it defended the work it has done rescuing migrants in difficulty crossing the English Channel, following criticism from the former Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Normally it gets around £7,000 per day. Sajid Javid, the health secretary, has been among those contributing. (See 1.10pm.)

Demand for flights from the US to the UK has surged since the Government announced the scrapping of the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers, PA Media reports. Virgin Atlantic said it received more than three times as many bookings for flights from New York to London compared with a week earlier, while total bookings across all its US to UK routes more than doubled.

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