Angela Merkel dismissed suggestions she should ignore her government's guidelines and take the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. There had been calls for Mrs Merkel to "lead by example" and be vaccinated on camera in order to dispel German public fears over the jab. "I do not belong to the recommended age group for AstraZeneca," Mrs Merkel told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. The AstraZeneca vaccine is currently only approved for under-65s in Germany, and Mrs Merkel is 66. Germany is one of a number of European countries where the AstraZeneca vaccine is not currently approved for the over-65s because regulators said there was not enough clinical data on its effectiveness in older people. Emmanuel Macron, who claimed the AstraZeneca vaccine was only "quasi-effectual" in the over-65s, said at a press conference on Thursday night he would take the jab if he was offered it. Germany has a large anti-vaxxer movement and a recent poll found 34 per cent of its citizens do not want to take any vaccine against the Covid.
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The Queen said people should think of others when deciding to get the coronavirus vaccine.
Nicola Sturgeon was on Thursday struggling to contain a growing SNP rebellion after she was accused of using “weasel words” to question the innocence of Alex Salmond. Jim Sillars, a former deputy leader of the party, lodged a formal complaint that the First Minister had breached the ministerial code with comments she made in a press briefing on Wednesday. Ms Sturgeon launched an outspoken attack on her predecessor, claiming his conduct towards women, rather than the conspiracy he has alleged, were the "root" of claims against him She added that just because he had been cleared of criminality, “that doesn’t mean that the behaviour [women] complained of didn’t happen.”
A surveillance camera captured the moment a driverless motorboat smashed into two docks in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on February 21.Homeowner Cynthia Pellerito’s security camera recorded the incident.“The boat nearly hit me and my dog and did extreme damage to our seawall, our dock, and boat lift,” said Pellerito.The impact also sent pieces of wood flying 100 feet into Pellerito’s backyard and pool, according to reports. Despite two people being ejected from the boat before impact, no one was seriously hurt. The crash is under investigation, local media said. Credit: Cynthia Pellerito via Storyful
US president Joe Biden spoke to Saudi Arabia's King Salman ahead of the release of a potentially explosive US intelligence report which is set to accuse his nephew Mohammed bin Salman of complicity in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mr Biden, who has already seen the intelligence report, is said to have insisted that he speak to King Salman only - and not to Mohammed bin Salman, his nephew and Crown Prince. During the presidential election campaign, Mr Biden described Saudi Arabia as a “pariah” and claimed its government had “very little social redeeming value". Mr Biden's insistence in speaking to King Salman is seen as an attempt to sideline 35-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, who is regarded as the de facto ruler of the country. “The president’s intention, as is the intention of this government, is to recalibrate our engagement with Saudi Arabia,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said this week, signalling that the Crown Prince could become persona non grata under President Biden.
Ursula von der Leyen issues Covid vaccine export warning at EU summitCommission head reassures leaders she will ban vaccines leaving EU if suppliers fail to deliver againCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Ursula von der Leyen was put under pressure to speed up work on a common vaccination certificate. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty Images
Cases are down 25% in a week but public health chiefs want Londoners to drive rates down further
The Queen: people who refuse vaccine should think of others Analysis: Queen shows personal commitment in a time of crisis Merkel refuses Oxford jab amid calls to 'lead by example' Commuters 'should get used to fewer trains after pandemic' Subscribe to The Telegraph for a month-long free trial A scientist involved advising the Government has said there is little point in primary school children wearing face masks. Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), told BBC Radio 4: "Primary school children are the lowest risk both to themselves and to society. "There is really good data coming out ... that shows that children are half as likely to acquire the virus to a third as likely to acquire the virus. "When it comes to transmitting they are probably half as likely to transmit it as adults. That risk actually gets smaller as you go into younger age groups. I am not a great fan of young children wearing face masks. "If I had to invest in a single activity to improve the environment both for the children and the adults, I'd be looking at improving the ventilation, unsealing windows that have been painted shut and kept shut for energy-saving reasons. "That would be a much more effective way to reduce transmission in schools." Follow the latest updates below.
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Speaking after leaders of the 27 EU countries met online, Angela Merkel said that digital vaccination certificates enabling people to travel will probably be available before the summer. It came as the Queen encouraged Brits to get a Covid vaccine as she told health leaders that she had felt “protected” since getting her first dose in January.
Vaccines from AstraZeneca, Russia's Gamaleya Institute and Johnson & Johnson fight the coronavirus with another virus, leaving scientists concerned the shots may lose potency if annual inoculations become necessary to fight new variants. Most vector-vaccine developers have opted to use an adenovirus, a harmless class of common-cold viruses."The experience with adenoviruses has been for many years that vectors can be intercepted by the immune system after repeat injections," said Bodo Plachter, deputy director of the Institute of Virology at Mainz University's teaching hospital.
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The SNP have been warned by the Justice Secretary not to "trample over the independence" of Scotland's Crown Office ahead of Alex Salmond's appearance at Holyrood. Robert Buckland was critical of the "public spat" in Scotland on Friday morning, saying the people would be "dismayed" that this was happening in the midst of the pandemic. The SNP government revealed itself as a "political establishment that is increasingly out of touch with the reality of day to day life", he said, saying the saga was "a distraction and worse, frankly" from what should be happening. The "ancient" independence of Scotland's Crown Office should be maintained, he said, as he called for people to "step back" from the brink. "No government, however strong they might be, should think they have a right to trample over independence of those norms," he added. Alex Salmond is due to appear before the Holyrood inquiry into the Scottish Government's unlawful investigation of sexual harassment claims made against him. Scotland's former first minister is expected to give evidence on the botched investigation and face questions about his claims that Nicola Sturgeon misled parliament and breached the ministerial code. The Government's investigation of the allegations was found to be "tainted by apparent bias" after it emerged the investigating officer had prior contact with two of the women who made complaints. Mr Salmond, who was later acquitted of 13 charges of sexual assault in a criminal trial, was awarded £512,250 in legal costs after he successfully challenged the lawfulness of the Government investigation. A parliamentary inquiry - the Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints - was established to look into the Government's actions. UK Justice Secretary Mr Buckland has said the inquiry was a "distraction". He told Sky News: "The priorities of the people of Scotland are fighting the virus and trying to live with it, and get back to normal along with the rest of the United Kingdom. "I think they will be at best puzzled and at worst dismayed by this constant intrigue coming against the background of an obsessive mission by the SNP to call another independence or separation referendum. "I am afraid it is showing a political establishment in Edinburgh that is increasingly out of touch with the reality of day-to-day life." Mr Salmond pulled out of a scheduled evidence session on Wednesday after the Scottish Parliament belatedly redacted his written evidence the day before he was due to appear, but offered to attend on Friday instead. In his written submission, Mr Salmond named people he claims were involved in a "malicious and concerted" attempt to see him removed from public life and described the Crown Office - the body responsible for prosecuting crimes in Scotland - as "simply not fit for purpose". After the evidence was published and in the public domain, the Crown Office wrote to the parliament and purportedly raised concerns about possible contempt of court. The Scottish Parliament's Corporate Body (SPCB) agreed to remove the submission and replace it with a redacted version with five sections - a total of 474 words - censored. Mr Salmond's lawyer, David McKie, subsequently demanded to see any legal justification for the parliament redacting swathes of his submission and warned there could be a "material risk" if he appeared to give oral evidence as planned. Mr Mckie wrote: "Our client's submission was carefully reviewed by us and by counsel before submission. "There is no legal basis for the redactions that we are aware of which you now propose having gone through that extremely careful exercise." Ms Sturgeon has insisted there is "not a shred of evidence" that there was a conspiracy against Mr Salmond and she has denied lying to Parliament. The current First Minister is scheduled to appear before the committee to give evidence next Wednesday. A majority of the committee's MSPs earlier this week voted in favour of approaching the High Court "as a matter of urgency" for specific guidance on how Lady Dorrian's anonymity order from Mr Salmond's criminal trial applies to the publication of his written evidence to the inquiry. They also voted to recall Lord Advocate James Wolffe to face more questions, as well as agreeing to order the Crown Office to release further documents to the committee. A Scottish Parliament spokeswoman said: "There was unanimous agreement in the committee that it wants to hear from Alex Salmond. "His evidence has always been an important part of the committee's work and, as such, the committee agreed that it would invite Mr Salmond to give evidence in person on Friday. "The First Minister will then give evidence as the final witness to the inquiry on Wednesday. "The committee remains determined to complete its task set by the Parliament and today agreed further actions in order to help them complete this work."
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