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Not enough evidence to show that third vaccine doses are needed, says WHO; Germany to re-evaluate basing restrictions on case numbers

8.07am BST

Politico’s London Playbook email has this nugget this morning on what it says is the thinking of some more cautions Conservative MPs on the back-benches of parliament in the UK:

Playbook has detected increasing unease in the Tory Party over the decision to choose now as the time to ditch legal enforcement of Covid measures. One Tory MP said that, given how bad the projected case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths are, Downing Street would lose nothing by staying at Step 3 — which has most restrictions eased anyway — but keeping the legal requirements on masks and other social distancing measures.

They argued it makes “no sense” to open nightclubs while cases are at 30,000 per day and young people aren’t double vaccinated, suggesting the appetite for clubbing will be pretty low. They accepted that a new lockdown was not wanted or justified, but proposed a “slightly less unhappy medium” — keeping Step 3 in place for another month or so until every adult has the chance to be fully vaccinated.

8.04am BST

In England, we seem to be back at this stage of government advice about the pandemic.

“Go to work, DO *NOT* GO TO WORK!” https://t.co/Rp1RsIRTdC

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