Press briefing Thursday evening: Covid vaccine fracture revealed

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No 10 defends vaccine rollout as London lags behind

Downing Street has defended the start of the vaccination rollout despite new data revealing London has only received a tenth of the vaccines provided across the country. The Midlands administered more doses than any other region with a total of 447,329 jabs administered in the region. In contrast, London delivered only 237,524 doses. The mayor of the capital, Sadiq Khan, said he was “extremely concerned”. Read the regional Covid vaccine division breakdown and see if the UK is on the verge of ending the lockdown with our vaccination tracker. It comes as the Scottish government has been forced to withdraw its plan to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine following a backlash from UK ministers and manufacturers. Find out why the disclosure could cause vaccine makers, such as Pfizer and AstraZeneca, to face disputes with other countries.

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Meanwhile, the government has banned international arrivals from all over South America, as well as Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde, over concerns over the spread of a mutant strain of coronavirus. The new restrictions will go into effect tomorrow at 4 a.m., giving returning travelers only 12 hours to find their way back. Given the chaos, Trend Nick analyzes whether readers should book a spring break.

‘Death is the cure’: an American rioter Telegraph journalist

It was January 6. A violent crowd had just stormed the US Capitol building. As Rozina Sabur spoke to rioters outside, she could tell that one of the men near her – a striking man with unkempt hair – had been at the center of the unrest. As she approached him, his comments were so shocking that she assumed they were a consequence of the tense atmosphere. But references to his footage showed the encounter took place just minutes after he allegedly assaulted a police officer. Click here to watch the striking video. So what’s next for Donald Trump? Here is the last one. Meanwhile, Farhad Heydari analyzes how the outgoing President’s benchmark golf courses have been ruined by brand toxicity.

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World’s oldest known rock painting found in Indonesia

Archaeologists have uncovered the world’s oldest known rock painting: a life-size image of a wild pig that was taken at least 45,500 years ago in Indonesia. The discovery described in the journal Science Advances provides the first evidence of human settlement in the region. It was found in 2017 in Leang Tedongnge Cave on Sulawesi Island, located in a secluded valley surrounded by steep limestone cliffs, about an hour’s walk from the nearest road. Click here to see it.

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Around the world: China blames steamed buns

China has run a propaganda campaign to promote its account that the coronavirus existed abroad before it was introduced and discovered in Wuhan, even attributing an initial infection in a current cluster outbreak to an imported strain of the virus that allegedly contaminated a package of steamed buns. Since the start of the pandemic, Chinese officials have been quick to sow a number of conspiracy theories. Sophia yan analyzes to what extent the intense paranoia inside China has pushed the country to recover to restore its international reputation.

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