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Covid-19 news: All adults in England likely to be offered jabs in days

People aged 18 and over in England should be eligible for covid-19 vaccine appointments in coming days

All people over the age of 18 in England are expected to become eligible for covid-19 vaccination this week, as more than 41 million people across the UK have now received at least one dose of vaccine. “I expect that by the end of this week, we’ll be able to open up the National Booking Service to all adults aged 18 and above,” chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens told the NHS Confederation conference on 15 June. “By 19 July we aim to have offered perhaps two-thirds of adults across the country double jabs,” said Stevens.

On 14 June UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced that planned lifting of restrictions in England, originally scheduled for 21 June, would be postponed until 19 July to allow more time for people to be vaccinated. Figures from Public Health England show that two doses of covid-19 vaccine are 80.8 per cent effective against symptomatic disease caused by the delta variant – which now accounts for more than 90 per cent of new UK coronavirus cases – whereas a single dose of vaccine is much less effective, only providing 33.2 per cent protection. More than 29 million people in the UK have received two doses of covid-19 vaccine so far.

 

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Help for learners to take their next steps as Wales moves forward

The plan sets out how the Welsh Government will use £150 million in additional investment in 2021-22 to continue to support learners, teachers and staff at all levels to help the education system in Wales recover following the pandemic.

The plan aims to address four key challenges. They are:

  • helping learners to develop a secure foundation for learning;
  • supporting learners as they continue their progress;
  • providing help to practitioners to support their well-being;
  • continuing existing moves towards reform in education.

The plan is a continuation of the support provided by Welsh Government, which includes:

  • £33m to support full-time learners aged between 16 and 19 who are starting A level or vocational courses at either a sixth form or FE college
  • £24m to continue support and mentoring for learners through the Recruit, Recover and Raise Standards programme, retaining the 1800 full-time equivalent staff recruited in the 2020 to 2021 academic year
  • £23.2m additional funding for free school meals during the school holidays, bringing funding for FSM for 2021 to 2022 to over £110m
  • £15m for educational technology in schools through the Hwb EdTech programme, improve digital infrastructure at maintained schools

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PM pledges £430m for girls missing education amid aid row

Boris Johnson at the G7 summit has pledged £430m to improve education in some of the world’s poorest countries – with girls’ education a priority.

The prime minister said it was a source of “international shame” that so many girls in poorer countries were missing out on access to school.

With an education, these children could have been “titans of industry or scientific pioneers”, he said.

But aid agencies called for a reversal of cuts to the UK’s aid budget.

“The best way we can lift countries out of poverty and lead a global recovery is by investing in education and particularly girls’ education,” the prime minister told world leaders gathered in Cornwall.

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