Downing Street has defended its start to the vaccination rollout despite new data revealing London has only received a tenth of the vaccinations supplied across the country. The Midlands has administered more doses than any other area with a total of 447,329 jabs given in the region. By contrast, London has delivered just 237,524 doses. The capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “hugely concerned”. Read a breakdown of the Covid vaccine’s regional divide and follow whether the UK is on target to end the lockdown with our vaccinations tracker. It comes as the Scottish Government has been forced to retract its Covid-19 vaccine delivery plan following a major backlash from UK ministers and manufacturers. Read why there is concern the disclosure could lead to vaccine manufacturers, such as Pfizer and AstraZeneca, facing disputes with other countries.
Meanwhile, the Government has banned international arrivals from the whole of South America, as well as Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde, over concerns about the spread of a mutant strain of coronavirus. The new restrictions will come into effect at 4am tomorrow, giving returning travellers just 12 hours to find their way home. Given the chaos, Nick Trend analyses whether readers should book a holiday for the spring.
‘Death is the remedy’: US rioter to Telegraph journalist
It was January 6. A violent mob 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, shaggy-haired man – had been in the centre of the unrest. As she approached him, his comments were so shocking she assumed they were a consequence of the tense atmosphere. But cross-referencing her footage showed the encounter had come just minutes after he had allegedly assaulted a police officer. Click here to watch the striking video. So what is next for Donald Trump? Here is the latest. Meanwhile, Farhad Heydari analyses how the outgoing president’s gold standard golf courses have been ruined by the toxicity of the brand.
World’s oldest known cave painting found in Indonesia
Archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest known cave painting: a life-sized picture of a wild pig that was made at least 45,500 years ago in Indonesia. The finding described in the journal Science Advances provides the earliest evidence of human settlement of the region. It was found in 2017 in the Leang Tedongnge cave on the island of Sulawesi, which is located in a remote valley enclosed by sheer limestone cliffs, about an hour’s walk from the nearest road. Click here to see it.
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BBC’s Brexit coverage | The BBC’s flagship programme Question Time had “more Remainers than Brexiteers” in the run-up to the referendum, the Government’s preferred candidate for the next chairman of the broadcaster has said. Read what Richard Sharp told MPs.
Around the world: China blames steamed buns
China has waged a propaganda campaign to push its narrative that the coronavirus existed abroad before being brought into and discovered in Wuhan, even blaming an initial infection in a current cluster outbreak on an imported virus strain that had supposedly contaminated a package of steamed buns. Since the start of the pandemic, Chinese officials have been quick to seed a number of conspiracy theories. Sophia Yan analyses how intense paranoia inside China has sent the country into overdrive to restore its international reputation.
‘I’d like to see children’s sports restarting before the pubs open’