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VJ Day: UK commemorates 75th anniversary as royals lead tributes

The Royal Family is leading the UK’s commemorations on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – the day World War Two ended with Japan’s surrender. The Prince of Wales led a two-minute silence at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, as part of a service of remembrance. The Duke of Edinburgh is also featuring in commemorations, appearing in a photo ...

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UK signs deals for 90 million coronavirus vaccine doses

The UK government has signed deals for a further 90 million doses of coronavirus vaccine. The vaccines are being developed by the Belgian pharmaceutical company Janssen and the US biotech company Novavax. It means the UK has placed orders for six experimental vaccines, taking its potential stockpile to 340 million doses. In theory, there should be enough for everyone in ...

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Oxford coronavirus vaccine phase III trials to conclude by November, mass production expected by 2021

The University of Oxford-AstraZeneca backed novel coronavirus vaccine has been one of the leading vaccine candidates in the global race. The vaccine, currently in phase III of its trials, which was considered to be the first one to get launched for the public in 2020 will be most likely available for public deployment by 2021, according to latest reports. Currently, ...

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France to be added to UK quarantine countries

People coming to the UK from France and the Netherlands will be forced to quarantine for 14 days from Saturday. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the measure – which also applies to people travelling from Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba – would kick in from 04:00 BST. He added that this was necessary to keep coronavirus infections down. ...

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UK in record recession after economy shrinks 20% in second quarter

Britain’s economy contracted by a record 20.4 percent in the second quarter with the country in lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed Wednesday. “It is clear that the UK is in the largest recession on record,” the Office for National Statistics said. Britain officially entered recession in the second quarter after gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 2.2 percent in ...

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Indian independence hero Gandhi’s iconic glasses go on sale in UK

A “rare and important” pair of iconic glasses worn by Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi look set to sell for tens of thousands of pounds after a British auction house put them up for sale on Monday. The gold-plated spectacles were stuffed through the letterbox of East Bristol Auctions in southwest England last Friday, with a note attached reading, “these ...

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Coronavirus: Moral duty to get all children back in school – Boris Johnson

  There is a “moral duty” to get all children back into schools in England next month, Boris Johnson has said. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said it was the “national priority” after months without in-person education during the coronavirus pandemic. Government advisers have warned of risks in the plans to open up society. Geoff Barton, head of ...

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Coronavirus: UK made serious mistake over border policy, say MPs

The spread of coronavirus in the UK could have been slowed with earlier quarantine restrictions on arrivals, a group of MPs has said. The Home Affairs committee said a lack of border measures earlier in the pandemic was a “serious mistake”. It added ministers had underestimated the threat of importing the virus from Europe as opposed to Asia. But a ...

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