Thursday evening UK news briefing: Britain needs our Covid vaccines, Ursula von der Leyen tells EU leaders 


Meanwhile, Matt Hancock has admitted he cannot guarantee the Covid legislation approved by MPs today will be retired in six months.

It comes as Boris Johnson was urged to think again on “impossible” Covid vaccine passports for pubs, after he suggested it would be down to individual landlords to impose.

Michael Gove has indicated people who have recovered from Covid and have “antibodies” could be allowed in.

Read on for the six minefields of pub vaccine passports, which Telegraph readers have called a “bureaucratic minefield”.

As the easing of lockdown goes on, here is a reminder of what you can and cannot do from March 29.

Biden doubles US vaccine target in first press briefing

Joe Biden has announced a new vaccination target for the US in his first formal press conference since taking office. The US will aim to double the number of Covid vaccination administered to 200 million within the next 50 days. Follow the press conference, which comes after Mr Biden tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with one of the most pressing – and politically sensitive – tasks of his administration: tackling the migration crisis on the US’s southern border. Josie Ensor analyses whether it will make, or break, the VP.

Presenter Simon McCoy quits BBC to join GB News

Simon McCoy has announced he is leaving his anchor role on BBC News after almost 18 years – and will join GB News. Chairman Andrew Neil announced on Twitter this afternoon that the presenter will be joining the television news channel due to launch this year, the biggest of its kind since Sky News launched 30 years ago. Mr McCoy has become renowned for his dry commentary and humour when reading the latest stories. Read on for some of his best moments at the BBC.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Mohammed cartoon protest | A teacher has been suspended for showing his class a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed after dozens of protesters gathered at his school gates this morning. Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire was forced to delay its opening, telling students to stay at home while police officers stood guard at the gates.

Around the world: African elephants now endangered

The African elephant has been classed as endangered due to a rise in poaching and damage to its habitat. Previously classed as “vulnerable”, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has said its status is more critical than previously thought, with an estimated population of 415,000 on the continent. Genetic evidence means the African elephant is divided into two categories, one of which is now critically endangered.

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