good morning, welcome to breakfast with dan walker and sally nugent. our headlines today: a momentous day in the fight against coronavirus — the first vaccine doses will be given to people across the uk today. it's the biggest vaccination campaign in the history of the nhs. we'll be live at some of the 70 hospitals where the first jabs will be administered. no breakthrough on a post—brexit trade deal — borisjohnson will go to brussels later this week for face to face talks. fish, fair competition and following the rules — i'll explain the key sticking points in those post—brexit talks. millwall players will not take the knee ahead of their game tonight. they'll link arms with the qpr
players as a show of support against racism. it follows booing from a section of supporters is there any zoom at the inn? how school nativities are going online this year. good morning. it is a foggy start once again in parts of south—eastern england in particular. that will be slow to live it. some won't lift at all. for the brighter skies but some rain and stronger winds in the north. it's all going on. detailed in ten minutes. good morning. it's tuesday, the 8th of december. our top story. it's day one of the vaccine rollout — or v—day — as the uk begins the process of immunising people against coronavirus. the first batch of an initial 800,000 doses have been delivered to hospitals across the country. the prime minister has called it a huge step forward in the fight against the disease. here's our health reporterjim reed. it's the moment these nhs workers have been waiting
for since the start of the pandemic. we've got everything we need now. the first mass vaccination programme for covid—19 starts this morning across the uk. we knew that it was coming, but we didn't quite know when it was coming. and i think that the most challenging bit for us has been making sure that we are prepared. it's all been done really quickly, but we will be ready. and this is such an important thing for the nhs and for the population as a whole. relax your arm. i'm going to roll your sleeve right up. here at the royal free hospital in london staff are going through final training ahead of a nationwide roll—out of the vaccine. first in line will be those over 80 who already have a hospital appointment, along with some care home workers. two doses will be needed 21 days apart. it will take some weeks and months as vaccine supply becomes available for gps and hospitals and pharmacists to reach all of the most vulnerable. so in the meantime, we've got
to continue to take care. and we think there's every prospect that by next spring, the high risk vulnerable groups identified by the medical experts will all have been vaccinated. to start with, the vaccine will be given mainly in hospitals. soon though, gps and pharmacists should start to get the jab, and teams will be sent out to care homes. but doctors have warned that reaching everyone who needs it will take months, not weeks. we might be taking the first step out of the crisis, but there is some way to go until life can return to normal. jim reed, bbc news. 0ur health correspondent, catherine burns, is in coventry, at one of the 50 hospitals in england administering the vaccine. catherine, this is just the start of a huge operation, isn't it? morning. yeah, this is the beginning of the end. the government is
calling it v—day. the biggest vaccine roll—out in our history. here in coventry this is one of 70 hospitals across the uk that will start injecting the first patients today. we have ordered about a0 million doses of this. we don't have that yet. right now we're looking at about that will go up or to a million before christmas. not everybody who needs one will get an injection. they will start in the hospitals with patients already in hospitals with patients already in hospital about to go home, or people coming infora hospital about to go home, or people coming in for a test. they will also invite some care home staff in and maybe some other vulnerable over 805. if there is any left over at the end of each day they will give tho5e the end of each day they will give those to the most vulnerable front line staff, the ones at most ri5k those to the most vulnerable front line staff, the ones at most risk of getting sick if they got this. so the people who are having it today have to come back in about 21 days for a second booster jab. have to come back in about 21 days for a second boosterjab. that will ta ke for a second boosterjab. that will take them to the 29th of january. a week after that as well the full
immunity kicks in. —— i5 week after that as well the full immunity kicks in. —— is when the full immunity kicks in. people are being warned, tho5e full immunity kicks in. people are being warned, those people who are vulnerable, they will be told and notified and just be ready when they get it. in the meantime, even though this is such a massive, momentous day, we still have to carry on with 5ocial di5tancing, with the restrictions, until we get enough people vaccinated. but it's a great day. thank you. we will be following p i’og re55 day. thank you. we will be following progress of the vaccine roll—out throughout the programme. we'll be speaking to the health secretary, matt hancock, at half—past seven. talks to find a uk—eu trade agreement from the start of next year are stuck in stalemate. boris johnson will travel to brussels this week in a bid to salvage a post—brexit deal, but neither side i5 expressing any optimism about breaking the deadlock. 0ur political correspondent jessica parker reports. they spoke again and again, couldn't break the deadlock, bori5johnson and the european commi55ion president, ursula von der leyen, so something different. soon, the prime minister will travel to brussels in the coming days
for a face to face meeting. last year, the prime minister said that to leave with no deal would be a failure of 5tatecraft. so this government must take responsibility for their failure if we are to leave without a deal. and, mr speaker, we will hold the government to account whatever they bring back, deal or no deal. reporter: have you make progress? already in brussels, the negotiating teams who foundereed on what are now some familiar differences — fisheries, competition rules and how a trade deal would be enforced. we're still working very hard. the idea of compromise is discussed a lot. workable 5olution5, it 5eems, harder to come by. it's not really about state aid, which is much lower here than in europe, or following eu 5ocial and environmental standards. again, our domestic 5tandards are way, way higher than what are required a5 a minimum by the eu. i think it's more this reluctance
completely to let go. they still want to have some over5ight, 5ome suzerainty. last night, a senior uk government source said that while the process wasn't clo5ed, things were looking very tricky, and that there was every chance an agreement would not be reached. no—one has yet walked away, but nor have they found a way through. jessica parker, bbc news. german pro5ecutor5 have in5isted they are building a compelling case against the man they 5u5pect of murdering madeleine mccann, who di5appeared during a family holiday to portugal in 2007. the convicted child sex offender, chri5tian b, was identified a5 a suspect six months ago, but he has not yet been charged. 0ur berlin correspondent jenny hill has more. it's six months since german detectives made a dramatic revelation. madeleine mccann, they believe, was kidnapped and killed by a convicted german paedophile.
after this tv appeal, they received hundreds of tip—offs about christian b, who is in a germanjailfor drug smuggling and the rape of a tourist in the algarve. but they still don't have enough to charge him. even so, this prosecuter told us, they are sure they've got their man. translation: if you knew the evidence we have, you would come to the same conclusion as i do but i can't give you details because we don't want the accused to know what we have on him. these are technical considerations. the six—month investigation has yielded new evidence of other alleged crime5. chri5tian b lived here in portugal on and off for years. prosecutors now believe he committed at least three other sex crimes here, two of them against children. he may be charged early next year, but progress in madeleine mccann‘s case basis level. translation: i can't promise, i can't guarantee that we have enough to bring a charge
but i'm very confident because what we have so far doesn't allow any other conclusion at all. there have been so many false leads, so many empty hopes, and still the family waits to find out what happened to their little girl. jenny hill, bbc news. the first englishman to climb everest has died at the age of 79. doug scott was in a team of british climber5 which tackled the south—west face of everest in 1975, regarded as one of mountaineering's most difficult challenges. he founded a charity to help people in the himalayas and raised thousands of pounds during the lockdown by climbing up and down his stairs at home. let's return to those po5t brexit trade talks, which are currently in the of stalemate. 0ur europe correspondent nick beake is in brussels.
good morning. give us an idea if you can of the sort of mood among eu leaders, and will it be changed by a potential visit from bori5 leaders, and will it be changed by a potential visit from boris johnson? good morning. i have been trying to gauge that and work out what people are thinking. i think there is a range of emotions. there is a bit of relief because it feels like they have been going around in circles. both sides agreed that in the last a8 hour5, despite talk of intensifying the negotiations, they haven't made progress at all. the idea that bori5 haven't made progress at all. the idea that boris johnson haven't made progress at all. the idea that bori5johnson i5 haven't made progress at all. the idea that bori5johnson is coming here. he is going to discuss and present what can be done, to have a face to face meeting with the european commission president. they welcome that. but someone was saying to me, what is this all about? is it for the newspapers at home, for the television bulletins? is it all about boris johnson coming television bulletins? is it all about bori5johnson coming here? and deciding that the eu are completely inflexible. 0r
deciding that the eu are completely inflexible. or is it that boris johnson can come here and say, i can cling to this victory that nobody else has been able to do? boris johnson's team would say, he will look at the facts. if the eu have been completely unreasonable he won't take a bad deal. in terms of what is happening today, the actual negotiations, the sense i am getting is that they will be stopping. they won't be stuff line by line, talking about a fish or how different goods can move between the two sides. they will be doing a sort of stock—take. they will be getting a document together so these leaders can look at what's at play, what's at stake and then make a decision on whether and then make a decision on whether a deal can be done. and in terms of the timing, it's my understanding that boris johnson the timing, it's my understanding that bori5johnson will probably be coming on wednesday or friday. there isa coming on wednesday or friday. there is a meeting of european leaders on thursday and friday morning. we are told boris johnson thursday and friday morning. we are told bori5johnson doesn't thursday and friday morning. we are told boris johnson doesn't want to gate—crash that. so the schedule is tbc. possibly wednesday. thank you
very much. what do you think was the most popular series streamed on the bbc iplayer this year? football focus?! bbc breakfast?! it was, in fact, football focus?! bbc breakfast?! it was, infact, normal football focus?! bbc breakfast?! it was, in fact, normal people. that was, in fact, normal people. that was my next guest. it was normal people, the adaptation of sally rooney's novel about a relationship between two irish teenagers, marianne and connell, which was streamed more than 62 million times. do you remember what they were called? do you remember what they were called ? marianne and do you remember what they were called? marianne and connell. that makes it more popular than killing eve, masterchef and the split. and football focus! i wonder where football focus is in the league? right up there. mid table. normal people was massive. i'll tell you what else has been huge this week. the rugby league legend kevin sinfield is having a well—earned but very short lie—in this morning, after running seven
marathons in seven days. an amazing achievement. he took on the challenge to support his old friend and former leeds rhinos team—mate rob burrow, who has motor neurone disease, and to raise money to help find a cure. this is him finishing yesterday, the seventh marathon of seven days. there is a massive crowd to greet him. he pushes them out of the way. do you know why? because he was doing it on his watch. he was monitoring it on his what have you hadn't quite finished. he is a perfectionist. kev was aiming to raise £77,000, but he did rather better than that. let's have a look at the total amount raised so far. 0h! oh! it's gone up again. £1.7 million and going up all the time. and the reason kev won't be having a long lie—in today, is that he's coming in for a chat on the sofa at half—past eight.
we will target everything up, give him the total and speak to some friends as well. just to congratulate him on being a really nice bloke really. yeah, and being great at running long distances. i think it's also one of those where he won't tell you, as one of those where he won't tell you , as we one of those where he won't tell you, as we said yesterday, but his bodyis you, as we said yesterday, but his body is in bits. it's broken. all the great marathon runners out there will tell you how hard it is to run one. to run seven in seven days is causing some issues. i will predict he will say he is completely fine. no pain at all. i texted him last night and asked him if he was all right. i said, night and asked him if he was all right. isaid, i'll do night and asked him if he was all right. i said, i'll do another one tomorrow if you need me to. you don't need to! now the weather with carol. you have been checking the weather for a cavern. good morning. he has been amazing. what an achievement. the weather today, it is a foggy start once again across part of the south and
east. it is dense fog as well. it should lift more readily today than it did yesterday, because there would be more of a breeze. there will be a couple of areas where it does stake. temperatures below freezing in parts of the south. some of this will be freezing fog. the area is likely to have the fog, anywhere from dorset through the midlands, part of the south—east, east anglia and lincolnshire. west of that there are clear skies what we have also got some showers across wales and rain in parts of northern england, northern ireland and scotland. these black circles indicate the strength of the wind. so quite gusty winds, particularly across the north and the west. parts of western and southern scotland in the next few hours will see the heaviest rain. through the course of the day we can see exactly what is happening. slowly we should see the fog lived. some of it will only lift into low cloud. they will be some brightness in other southern areas and again, our rain started to think
that little bit further south. temperatures today, if you are stuck under the fog, it will feel cold, but not quite as cold as we push further west. sal and dan. thank you, carol. further west. saland dan. thank you, carol. look forward to seeing you and a half an hour. after you. thanks. let's take a look at some of today's front pages. "our fightback starts today" is the headline in the daily mirror, along with a photo collage illustrating britain's battle against covid—19. the daily telegraph is one of the papers to lead on brexit, reporting speculation from eu sources that the pm's visit to brussels may secure a trade deal, but that it could also be intended purely to show that he tried everything he could to get a deal — even if he expects to come home empty—handed. the times has a photo of dr hari shukla and his wife. he'll be one of the first people to receive a covid—19 vaccination today. he's told the paper, "i'm delighted to be doing my bit."
and the yorkshire evening post has a picture of marathon hero kev sinfield and his team—mate rob burrow back in their playing days for leeds rhinos. the headline reads, "a true friend". have you got some inside pages? since we finished on leeds rhinos there, if you are one of those people... i know some fans have been going back to various venues over the course of the week. have a look at this. it's an experiment which is going on in amsterdam in the netherlands. this is the amsterdam arena where they're trying to discover, by the use of these clever little machines, how long droplets can survive suspended in the air. it's been tested by researchers here. to see if aerosols are pumping out. it shows how long particles linger. the hope is this research could speed up the return of
spectators. so, carry on. have you seen spectators. so, carry on. have you seen pictures of these things all over the place? yes. what is going on? it's very strange. there are various theories. these popped up on the isle of wight recently. a bizarre monolith. ten foot mirrored monument prior buried in the sand similarto monument prior buried in the sand similar to monolith two seen in utah and romania. also two other places in the united states, one in california, one in pittsburgh. there isa california, one in pittsburgh. there is a suggestion this is some kind of art project perhaps. there is also quite a serious suggestion that this one on the isle of wight is not linked to the other ones. someone had a little bit of a dig around it yesterday and discovered that they had borrowed underneath it and there was basically wooden mirror is underneath it. it is still there though. very quickly, £150 million lottery win. francis and patrick connolly, remember them? that was
last january. they have given half a way. wow. they have given loads to charity, some to family members. they have set up a charitable foundation, tried to generate jobs. good on them. well done. that a lovely story. it's easy to think about what he would do with money, but i'm sure many people think about giving it away. francis and patrick connko giving it away. francis and patrick connolly have given away over 60 million quid. wow. my goodness. that's a lot of money. guess what? another day, another brexit delay. both sides are sounding extremely pessimistic about the chances of coming to an agreement on the uk's relationship with the eu from the start of next year. bori5johnson had a 90—minute phone call with the european commission president last night, but there are still three big sticking points. nina's looking at them in more detailfor us. what do they disagree on, nina? good morning. we thought last night
maybe things would have moved forward by today. they haven't. that's right. we're another day closer to new year's eve and the end of this in—between transition period with the european union, and there's still some big disagreements in these talks. the question everyone is asking, and i will try and answer — why is there still no deal? problem number one — the "level playing field". imagine the pm and the european commission president are both captains of a football team. a trade agreement is often about making sure that before the game starts both sides are equal. no extras, like one side being allowed to support certain industries. and of course some people think brexit was all about being able to set our own rules. agreeing the common ground is proving really tricky, especially as lots of people think the whole point of brexit is freedom to set our own rules. problem number two — put simply, fish. where people can catch them and how much they can catch. the uk says it voted to take back control and wants maximum access for its boats.
the eu still wants its vessels to be able to fish here. an added complication is that three quarters of all the fish we catch here, are actually exported to the eu anyway. so many uk businesses want to be able to sell fish — without taxes — to the rest of europe. it's unlikely the eu will agree to this without getting what it wants on access to uk waters. neither side wants to budge and that's a worry for businesses. shellfish is impacted in that arena quite significantly actually, so the majority of our catches do go abroad and they will be going to the eu. we need to maintain that the trade route for our membership and do the rest of the shellfish —— shellfish and run the country. at the same time we need to be able to control and manage who has access to our resources in oui’ own waters. and manage who has access to our resources in our own waters. it is a very difficult balancing act, i would say. 80% of beshlie's
catch goes to the eu, so she wants no taxes from the eu but she also wants her boats to have maximum access. you can see the problem. problem number three is a biggie. if a deal is reached, who will be in charge of making sure the rules are being followed? someone needs to step in and help resolve any disputed. the eu wants the european court ofjustice to do it. the uk side is a lot less keen. so there you have it — three big issues. a level playing field, fish and the sticky question of who stops the sides from falling out in the future. there are plenty of other problems too of course — the irish border, for example. trouble is, without knowing the detail of the three issues i've talked about, you can't solve the border problem. we keep saying it but the clock is ticking. the prime minister heading out to brussels. there is a big summit on thursday of all the eu leaders. we don't know if boris thursday of all the eu leaders. we don't know if bori5johnson will sit down before or after that. we are getting so close to the end of the year. not complicated at all. you made it very clear. thank you.
if you were watching breakfast yesterday, you'll know it was a very special programme, as we watched the rugby league legend kevin sinfield set off on his seventh marathon in as many days. he completed each of them in less than four hours — which is no mean feat — but it was a labour of love. sir kev — as his fans call him — was running in support of his old friend and former team—mate rob burrow, who has motor neurone disease. let's remind ourselves of his incredible effort. is it recording? laughter # you've got a friend in me...# well done, kev. you're doing amazing. you've got really fast running legs. i remember when i played alongside you and thought you'd never let your team down, and i'm sure
you're not going to start now. you inspired a generation through your determination. to say it's unbelievable is a bit of an understatement. # you got a friend in me...# you're nearly as fast as my dad, but not quite. laughter # you've got troubles, i've got them too...# i want to remember the good times. i want to try and get away from those dark moments. in its simplest form, i'm just trying to be a team—mate. i know he'd do it for me. # you've got a friend in me.# if we can make their life a little bit better and a little bit more comfortable, that's a really good thing to do. he's incredible, so i think for him to be here today... i had to carry on running. i'd gone past, but i won't let you see me cry, again. # it's me and you, boy.#
# you've got a friend in me.# can i update you just a tiny bit? a57,000. just checked two seconds ago. so yeah, that total is ticking up. that bit's the hard bit. that's why you're doing it. yeah. # you've got a friend in me.# we set out on this all about rob burrow and all about lindsay and the kids and his mum and dad. the support'sjust blown us all away and we've been overwhelmed. the amount of money we've raised, you know, it's going to make a real difference to that mnd community, which is what this is all about. nobody knows how you've done it.
now you're doing it. so, if you know, sell it. you'll make another million. thanks very much, kevin. you're just a wonderful person. and we thank you so much. you know what rob means to us, so... rob, we love you very much. there's a snake in my boots. i got caught out by the emotion of all of that! that was an incredible moment yesterday. i love the way kevin pushed everybody out of the way because he hadn't quite got to the right distance on his watch. we are delighted to say kevin would be
here with us that have passed this morning and we are going to update him on the totals. it's a beautiful friendship, isn't it? so many people wanting that, who maybe didn't know too much about what rob was going through after watching the documentary, and hearing about like i was running and why it meant so much to him, so many of our viewers and many other people felt very proud to bejust and many other people felt very proud to be just a tiny small part of being able to donate to an amazing cause and feel part of what isa amazing cause and feel part of what is a really special story. yeah, it's about the friendship and of those team—mates. they are so special. time now to get the news, travel and weather where you are. good morning, i'm asad ahmad. a number of residents in camden say they're having to live with noise, dust and even rats as a result of the nearby construction for the hs2 rail link. there are 175 people who live next to the euston site who argue that the work
is making their lives unbearable. it's absolutely horrendous. it's just a nightmare on a daily basis. you are just surrounded by it, it's like living on a building site. surrounded by the noise and the dust, and the just continuous drone of machinery, construction machinery. camden council says it's looking forfunding from government for new flats to rehouse the residents. the government tells us it's working to find a solution. the royal mint has launched a commemorative coin celebrating the career of one of london's most famous singers, david bowie. and they've done it by sending it into space. the coin for the the starman and space 0ddity singer was sent to an altitude of over 20,000 miles. the royal mint said it was the first time a uk coin had been sent into space. and it's now landed back on earth.
as you'll know or will hear about a lot today, the new covid jab will be given from today as part of a mass vaccination programme. we know many people have questions about it so do get in touch if you're one of them. maybe you want to know how safe it is, or you might be one of those questioning why one of the companies behind the jab has been given legal indemnity by the government meaning it can't be sued if there are problems with the vaccine. email us your question. or get in touch on bbc london twitter or facebook. we'll try and get answers for you tonight at 6.30. let's take a look at the travel situation now. faulty trains, signal failures and customer incidents are leading to severe delays on tfl rail. while there are part suspensions on the 0verground, hammersmith & city line, circle line and piccadilly line.
0n the roads, it's busy on the m25 clockwise at junction five for the m26. in central london, euston road has been closed by police westbound opposite the british library. and there's no service on the woolwich ferry because of a shortage of staff. a look at the weather and temperatures will stay low today as any fog lifts through the morning. this afternoon will be a bit brighter with a fresh breeze. but the temperature is unlikely to get above six celsius with many places having a high of two celsius. i'm back with the latest from the bbc london newsroom in half an hour. va nessa vanessa feltz will have her brea kfast vanessa feltz will have her breakfast show from 7am until 10am and answering a lot of questions from experts to do with the covid vaccine which is on a lot of people's minds.
hello, this is breakfast with sally nugent and dan walker. coming up on breakfast this morning. captain, friend, inspiration. rugby league legend kevin sinfield will be joining us on the breakfast sofa at 8.30am after he ran a magnificent seven marathons in seven days in support of his team—mate rob burrow. and we mightjust have some more surprises for him. the fightback starts today. we'll be live at the hospital where the first patient will receive their pfizerjab, and after eight o'clock our expert panel will be answering your questions about the rollout. also on today's programme. i'm a donkey! nativities on the net. we'll take a look at how schools are filming their traditional christmas plays so families can watch them online and in socially distanced safety.
as we've been hearing, it's v—day as the uk starts vaccinating people against covid—19 with the pfizer—biontech jab. the roll—out starts this morning, bringing huge benefits to public health but also a major logistical challenge. let's get a better idea of how it will affect the front line of health care with one our regular gps, doctor fari ahmad. good morning, lovely to see you. it isa good morning, lovely to see you. it is a momentous day, isn't it? does it feel a bit like christmas eve or christmas day, is it that level of, is the right word excitement within the health community? yes, i think not just us, but the health community? yes, i think notjust us, but everybody else, just the prospect of having an end to the situation we have been in for all these months. the light at the end of the tunnel. you can see it and we can get through this. there
isa and we can get through this. there is a let's get through before we get there, so we have got to make sure we have got to be organised that enough people are taking it up, that it is delivered to vulnerable people as well as everyone else, so we have as well as everyone else, so we have a few bumps on the road but it is a good road to be now. logistically, do you know already how this is going to work for your surgery? we have been asked to... we cannot deliver it as single surgery, we have been asked to deliver it as groups of surgeries. they have been asking us to be ready for next week, we have not had a lot of notice that we have not had a lot of notice that we would get it and we had had to sign up and say we would be ready. from next week, every week you get a delivery of your 1000, 975 doses.
they have changed slightly, before we had five days before it defrosted to administer it, that has shrunk to three and a half days so the pressure is on to get through all the people in that time while still doing the dayjob and dealing with winter pressures and other things. it is going to be quite a big operation. there are still details being ironed out in the contract we have with nhs england. but we are getting there. we know that there are complications, in the delivery of this vaccine, because it requires a storage at such a low temperature. what are the implications of that for people living in care homes who we know are at the top of this list? because of the way it is stored and it is fragile, when you transport it, there are limits to how often you can transport it. for example,
oui’ you can transport it. for example, our normal flu vaccine, it is ok to keep it in normalfridges, and then when we go in a visit we will take the jabs with us and administer them and thejob the jabs with us and administer them and the job is the jabs with us and administer them and thejob is done. with covid, because it comes in a pack of nearly 1000, you need to deliver it somewhere where you can then deliver 1000 doses at one go. i don't think there are very many care homes that would accommodate 1000. so the thought is, how do we get this dose to the people in care homes? they are the ones who will find it much harder to come out, to even come to the gp surgery, to be mobile so we can get the jab into them. it needs to go out to them. there is some thinking around how we can do it, perhaps reducing the number of packs we can do, and then we have an even shorter window of time to do it but
we are being advised at the moment so we are being advised at the moment so watch this space. you are at the front line of this, so how your patients reacting to news of the vaccine? are any of them unsure about it and what you say to them?|j think about it and what you say to them?” think there are a few people who are unsure. i think there are some people who, because this virus has restricted their lives so much, they are quite keen to have it and get on and just get back into normal life. i think people have anxieties and this is the one of the things we need to think about, when we set this whole service up, when people are getting the vaccine, that we have their consent, they agree to it. people have questions that they wa nt to it. people have questions that they want to get answered. we need to set up want to get answered. we need to set up the process so we can answer their questions and then they come and have it and they are happy, as opposed to, when they arrive at the place where they have the jab, if
they then need some extra time to a nswer they then need some extra time to answer questions, that eats into the three and a half days we have to deliver the vaccine. there has to be a reasonable amount of thinking about how we would do it and deliver it. and some people cannot give consent, theirfamilies it. and some people cannot give consent, their families and it. and some people cannot give consent, theirfamilies and others need to think i make sure it would be the best thing for them. i had a lady who i was chatting to the other day and in the end it boils down to the fact that if she had the vaccine, she was more likely to be able to travel and see her granddaughter and that sold it for her more than anything else. sold! thank you very much, lovely to talk to you this morning, a busy few days. gps and nurses in the front line. lots happening today. let's talk about the game behind you on the green tonight. a big discussion has been the role
of the gesture, taking the knee, we will get into that this morning. players from millwall and queens park rangers will link arms before kick—off in tonight's championship game at the den. the teams will also hold aloft a banner to show their collective commitment towards efforts to rid the game of racism. it follows the booing of players at millwall when they took the knee before saturday's match with derby. wayne rooney says a ban for fans is the only way to stamp out this behaviour. a ban would help in terms of it would make fans think twice before behaving like that. so if that's what it needs to happen in order to stop it, then hopefully the right decision is made on that. joining me now is sa njay bhandari, chair of kick it out which campaigns against racism in football, and former international ibf and wbo champion, mark prince who set up
the kiyan prince foundation in 2008 in memory of his son kiyan, who was stabbed in the heart, while trying to break up a fight, outside his school gates. kiyan played for qpr's youth football team. thank you forjoining us this morning to talk about this. i will come to you first, sanjay, you are pa rt come to you first, sanjay, you are part of the discussions yesterday with millwall. how do you feel about this decision to link arms rather than take the knee? i think what we have been focused on right from the start is supporting and protecting the players and enabling the players to protest in a way they feel co mforta ble to protest in a way they feel comfortable with, and that is free from sanction. if a club comes to us and says, we have got a gesture that we wa nt and says, we have got a gesture that we want to make which is antiracist and anti—discrimination, we have the support of the club and the support of the players and the fans, of the leadership and the employees, it isn't taking the knee but a
different gesture and it is a gesture we feel everyone will get behind, i think it would be perverse of anyone to object to that, it would be perverse of us to object to that, as a charity that focuses on tackling discrimination and promoting inclusion. they have come up promoting inclusion. they have come up with something which they feel will create unity in their club and isa will create unity in their club and is a message that everyone can get behind. i disagree with some of the to ta ke behind. i disagree with some of the to take any, and i disagree with conflation of equity taking any, and i disagree with conflation with other political movements that others are making. —— i disagree with some of the objections to taking a knee. how would you respond to people who say that this is pandering to the fans who were booing, this is helping them?” think we need to have more of a conversation and dialogue, it is
something the chief exec of millwall has offered, to invite myself and troy from kick it out to have that dialogue with him and the fans, to explain for instance why taking long history. —— a knee has a long history. —— a knee has a long history. it is not a symbol of marxism, not a subservient gesture and it is not from game of thrones. it goes beyond george floyd, beyond martin luther king using it outside the courthouse in selma. the earliest record of it is 1787, desio enjoyed creating a medallion of a slave with a slave, i might not —— with a slogan, am i not a slave with a slave, i might not —— with a slogan, am i nota man? —— it wasjosiah with a slogan, am i nota man? —— it was josiah wedgwood with a slogan, am i nota man? —— it wasjosiah wedgwood creating a medallion. it dates back to abolitionism. i would medallion. it dates back to abolitionism. iwould rather that medallion. it dates back to abolitionism. i would rather that we continue to the dialogue and had
that education to explain why the gesture is important and why it has been a peaceful antiracist gesture. some people are not with us so we have to continue that dialogue to win the debate. i will bring you in mark, now, your son played for qpr. they have had a different stance to taking the knee throughout the season, what have you made of that, do you support that approach?” think it isn't so much as supporting their approach, it is owning my own approval of what i think about it. i don't see things everyone the way everyone has been focusing on the whole black lives matter, the focus on these gestures is taking away from the real issue that we need people of colour at the decision—making table is in all areas, whether if it is the fa or parliament because they represent
the people in their country. so we need to see changes, because we could take a knee, we could discuss different ways of showing our support, but what is really being done? in america, they have george floyd boulevard, for example. he didn't die so he could have a boulevard named after him, things are being done to appease the situation instead of focusing on what needs to change. mindsets need to be changed. sorry to interrupt, i thought you had finished your point. you work with young people as part of your foundation, what is the message they are taking away from this debate? the message i'm hearing, i will quote one of the young people. suppose we was out and we we re young people. suppose we was out and we were booing, and it was an national day for heroes or for army
people, whatever national day he wanted to say to everyone having a national minutes silence or the gesture they needed to do in remembrance of that day, suppose we came out booing? he said, people would not stand for that. so young people are saying, why is the booing going on when there is an issue, whether we agree with black lives matter or not, you have to accept that this is what's happening and these are people's views and this is what they want to do about it. this is about equality and i don't see anybody on the planet who should not wa nt anybody on the planet who should not want equality. and if there is, that is ok, there is freedom of speech. you should be allowed your views. but not if it is spoiling the brand. the brand should be doing something about having people coming onto the ground, ruining their ethos and their brand. they should be looking to do something. we shouldn't be
having this, all this attention placed on people who have their freedom to say what they're like, but it is going against the whole brand at the club. and the equality that everybody deserves in their life. mark prince, and sanjay from kick it out, thank you for sharing your thoughts are that this morning. the home nations know who'll they'll face at the world cup in qatar in 2022. england manager gareth southgate is wary of his side's opponents. they'll take on poland, hungary, albania, andorra and san marino, in games to be played between march and november next year. poland are obviously a very good side. hungary, just got promoted into the nations league top division. so those two in particular are going to be games that we know will be tough. and the rest are always games, whenever i've played for england or managed england,
complicated games to navigate. wales have the number one ranked side in the world, belgium, in theirgroup. czech republic could also pose a problem from them too. a tough task for northern ireland in their draw. they have italy and switzerland to overcome in group c. denmark are the top seeded side for scotland to take on in group f. they also have familiar opponents israel to contend with. southampton are up to fifth in the premier league after coming from behind to beat brighton. they were a goal down to a penalty but pulled themselves leveljust before the break through janik vestergarrd. and then with just under ten minutes to go, a foul by solly march on kyle walker—peters was judged by the video referee to be inside the box and a penalty from danny ings made it two—one. they'll be at a new sport at the 202a olympic games in paris. break dancing will be included for the first time. it's part of the ioc‘s drive to appeal to younger audiences. it willjoin other urban sports such as skateboarding,
freestyle bmx and 3v3 basketball, which are set to be retained after debuts at the delayed tokyo 0lympics. parkour, that involves running, jumping and climbing over obstacles, has been overlooked. an interesting one, break dancing at the olympic, what you think? could be inspirational, i think the kids will it. i think one of those ones where the people will think, that won't work, and they will be glued to it for days. i still feel sorry for sports like squash. still left out! here's carol with a look at this morning's weather. i have the bit of everything for you. good morning, we will start with fog this morning, across parts of the south—eastern quarter of england, from dorset against lincolnshire and east, some of it is
dense and some of it is freezing. low pressure in charge of the weather today and bringing some rain and showers, spiralling around it, also gusty winds around it as well. wet and windy across part of scotland, northern ireland and northern england. the fog could be problematic, freezing fog, temperatures below freezing and quite a few parts of southern england. as the breeze picks up, a lot will lift but some of it will lift into low cloud. showers in north wales, wales in north west england, northern ireland and scotland, and the black circles with the numbers inside represent the strength of the gusts of wind, so currently and in the next few hours, the heaviest rain is across western and southern parts of scotland. through the day, that will push in across parts of northern england as well. in the centre of the area of low pressure, quieter but quite cloudy. in the south, some
brightness, the rain getting into wales but north—west of northern ireland, brighter skies as well. if you are stuck under the fog, three degrees, but seven or eight further west. through the evening and overnight, the rain continues to push south and east, showers following behind in some western areas, and through the night the temperature will rise. we could see some early fog in the south—east but it will be swept away by the rain. the rain will push away eventually into the north sea tomorrow, showers coming in behind it, buta more into the north sea tomorrow, showers coming in behind it, but a more dry slot with sunshine as well before the next with front comes in across northern ireland, wales and the southwest. some of the rain on it will be heavy. temperatures up a touch on today but below average for the time of year. this the front is going to drift east, you might think, but a chilly, it will sink southwards and clear the uk. through
thursday, there will be some rain across parts of northern england, moving north into scotland, through the course of the day and on the hills some of it could be wintry. there will be cloud around but it will break and there will be sunshine in northern scotland and southern england. temperature —wise, five to ten or 11, so for some, back into double figures. that is a hint of what will happen in the next few days. temperatures will rise a touch but also some weather fronts coming oui’ but also some weather fronts coming our way on friday which will move west to east. loads going on, you're right! we are keeping her busy. it's around this time of year that many of us would normally be cramming into school assembly halls to watch our children perform nativity plays and christmas productions. of course, that can't happen this year because of covid rules — but plenty of teachers are insisting that "the show must go on" —
and they're staging them online instead. breakfast‘s jayne mccubbin has been looking into it. just how are schools managing to stop covid from hijacking christmas? let's join wandsworth prep to see how nativity rehearsals are going on there. i want you to tell me your name and what your lines are in the nativity, hit me with it. you're a fantastic sheep, you look great. have you been practising your best sheep voice? oh, dear. have you got any lines in the nativity, sophia? ah... sophia, louder. i'm a donkey! the show must go on. and half the joy of nativity is all the little things that happen on stage in the moment that are not planned for. we want the donkey walking off in the wrong direction! exactly!
joseph picking his nose in the stable. that's what we want. what they don't want is anyone catching covid so here, while the show must go on, it will go on online. current guidance in england says tier 3 areas should only stream nativities to family watching safely at home. good luck! merry christmas, everyone! meanwhile, over in the wye valley, parents are bracing themselves for something equally safe but altogether more cinematic. this nativity movie has been masterminded by mhairi, with the help of her own superstars, mac and jessica. the work we do is very hard. is it? do you have any lines that you have to say in this? no. yes. what do you have to say? i can't remember.
you're making a blockbuster. well... the pressure is on now, jayne! haven't finished making it yet, so we are a bit nervous. i think i might need a lot of wine to get me through this. i play angel gabriel and i think my favourite bit was probably when we walked along the top of the hill in the dark with lanterns. what i hope is, i look back at what is actually quite a tough time, really, but with some lovely memories. of course. peace on earth and goodwill to all men. and that's what christmas is really all about. but it's also about pa nto and parties. a year ago, we met head teacher neil 0ldham in blackpool to celebrate his school's pre—covid christmas. it was incredible last year
to get everybody together. carols round the piano, christmas dinner, father christmas coming, it was magical. no masks. no social distancing. no tiers. no tiers, absolutely not. and now it's all changed. it's all changed, but it's still going to be magical. in england's tier 3, no panto performances are allowed. and there's no whole school parties allowed in any tier. but here in blackpool, they do have a plan. for covid safe christmas fun with a bit of help from... me, steve royle, from britain's got talent. and me, tom lister, actor from the television and the west end. oh, and neil, you're going to need this. we thought, if they're not going to be able to go to pantomime this christmas, we're going to take the pantomime to them, and so we've created an interactive pantomime film. boo! ha—ha—ha! the panto film is personalised to each of the schools who watch it with a cameo role saved for the pantomime baddie.
oh, i would have got away with it if it wasn't for you meddling kids! yes, neil, bravo! very good! your movie debut right there. absolutely! who would have thought? worthy of the west end. i wouldn't go that far. so bravo to all the teachers, community and theatre groups desperately trying to keep christmas on track for children this year. this final message from mac is dedicated to you all. would you like to give anybody, mac, a christmas message? go for it. yes. not until next, not until christmas, not until it's christmas eve. would you like to say merry christmas to anybody? merry christmas. and this, is it not, is the joy of the nativity, when nothing quite goes to plan.
i love the hand thatjust came into shut! the parental arm, no, not on the television! oh, my goodness, that was gorgeous. i really miss doing that, going and watching the school play. one day, we will be back one day. loads coming up today, following the kevin sinfield story, he will be live on the sofa, very carefully socially distanced, the first person we will have in the studio since march. that is a big deal. he will be here at 8:30am to talk about all the money he has raised and thank everybody for the amazing support he has head through the course of running seven marathons in seven days for his friend rob burrow. also matt hancock will be here giving us more information about what is happening
today. yes, vide, vaccination day. time now to get the news, travel and weather where you are. good morning, i'm asad ahmad. a number of residents in camden say they're having to live with noise, dust and even rats as a result of the nearby construction for the hs2 rail link. there are 175 people who live next to the euston site who argue that the work is making their lives unbearable. it's absolutely horrendous. it's just a nightmare on a daily basis. you are just surrounded by it, it's like living on a building site. surrounded by the noise and the dust, and the just continuous drone of machinery, construction machinery. camden council says it's looking forfunding from government for new flats to rehouse the residents. the government tells us it's working to find a solution. as you'll know, or will hear about a lot today, the new covid jab will be given from today, as part of a mass
vaccination programme. we know many people have questions about it — so do get in touch if you're one of them. maybe you want to know how safe it is. email us your question, email@example.com. we'll try and get answers for you tonight at 6.30. the royal mint has launched a commemorative coin celebrating the career of one of london's most famous singers, david bowie. and they've done it by sending it into space. the coin for the starman and space 0ddity singer was sent to an altitude of over 20,000 miles. the royal mint said it was the first time a uk coin had been sent into space. let's take a look at the travel situation now. faulty trains, signal failures and customer incidents are leading to severe delays on tfl rail. there are part suspensions on the overground, hammersmith & city line, circle line and piccadilly line. severe delays on the metropolitan line too. 0n the roads, euston road
closed by the police westbound opposite the british library. busy here on gray's inn road on the approach to the euston road. now the weather with kate. good morning. another cold, frosty and foggy start. visibility reduced quite considerably in one or two places. that fog could freeze. the met office has a yellow weather warning in place for this morning for that fog. it will gradually start to lived. through the afternoon perhaps lifting quicker than yesterday, thanks to a strengthening breeze. temperatures still quite cold, between three and six celsius the maximum. into this evening and overnight we get an early minimum temperature. the temperature drops quite quickly when the sun sets. then we see this rain moving through. that actually means the temperature will rise by a degree or two tomorrow morning. a
rather grey start tomorrow. you might get one or two spots of rain. it should start to clear as we head through the afternoon. watch the temperature. it is slightly higher thanit temperature. it is slightly higher than it has been for the past few days. less cold as we head towards the end of the week. turning more unsettled. vanessa feltz is talking covid on her brea kfast feltz is talking covid on her breakfast show. bye for now. good morning, welcome to breakfast with dan walker and sally nugent. 0ur headlines today: the first person in the uk has received the coronavirus vaccine — 90 year margaret keenan is a patient at coventry hospital. it's the biggest vaccination campaign in the history of the nhs. we'll be live at some of the 70 hospitals where the first jabs will be administered. no breakthrough on a post—brexit
trade deal — bori5johnson will go to brussels later this week for face to face talks. millwall players will not take the knee tonight. they'll link arms with the qpr players as a show of support against racism. it follows booing from a section of their supporters at the weekend. good morning. some dense fog around this morning, particularly in the south corner of england. some of that will lift into low cloud. we have also got some rain and gusty winds and the forecast as we put it in northern ireland, northern england and scotland. details in ten minutes. good morning. it's tuesday the 8th of december. our top story. in the last few minutes the uk's mass vaccination programme against coronavirus has begun. margaret keenan, who is 90, was the first person to receive the pfizer—biontech jab
at university hospital coventry. that's one of around 70 hospitals across the uk which will be giving the vaccine to the over—805 and some health and care staff. bori5johnson has called it a huge step forward in the fight against the disease. this is quite a moment. this, as you can see, is the first person in the uk to receive the vaccine. margaret has been a patient at coventry hospital. she is 91 next week. she has told staff the jab feels like an early birthday present. the nurse delivering the jab is matron may parsons. that has happened within the last few minutes. these pictures we are bringing to you have just come into us this morning. margaret, known as maggie, happy to share this moment with the rest of the world. it's quite a special moment. a5 sally was saying, it is a birthday next year. she was born in
enniskillen. she has lived in coventry for 60 years. she works in a local jewellery coventry for 60 years. she works in a localjewellery shop. she did until she was in her mid—805. this is all part of the largest ever vaccination programme across the nhs. the aim is to start with maggie but for millions of us to be vaccinated against coronavirus. because of the jab she is having, she will have anotherjab 21 days from now. what we have seen there is just at the moment maggie got the first injection of the vaccine, two doses need to be administered. 0ne today and another one in 21 days' time. and like many other people across the uk, maggie has been self isolating for most of the year. she is planning on a small family bubbler christmas. —— family bubbler at christmas. we can speak now to our
health correspondent, this feels like an important step for all of us? it really does. here today in coventry we have seen a real moment of history. the first patient in the world outside of clinical trials to get this vaccine against coronavirus. this has come after 60,000 deaths. it couldn't have come soon enough. margaret keenan was wheeled into the water. that was at about 6:15am. and at 629 amc became the first person to have this pfizer vaccine. she said it was the best weather present she could have asked for. she said if she could have it at 90, everybody else could have it at 90, everybody else could have it as well. thank you very much for that. plenty more from university college hospital in coventry. maggie keenan, 90 years old, has been given the first vaccine in the uk this morning. a
little bit more about the vaccine she has had. we know that 800,000 doses of the vaccine have been delivered. that is enough for a00,000 people, of course, because this is the one where you have one jab and another one in 21 days. we don't know yet when more doses of the vaccine will arrive from pfizer's manufacturing plant. at that moment we have just brought to you there, it feels like something, doesn't it? it does feel quite significant. hospital hubs around the country have got possession of the country have got possession of the vaccine. they start vaccinating over 805, care home staff and health workers. this is the first wave of the programme. if you havejust switched on or the two women you are watching there are matron may parsons on the right, who is giving the first coronavirus vaccine to maggie keenan, who is smiling behind the mask, wearing a christmas t—shirt. she is 90 years old. it is
her 91st birthday next two —— next week. she is at university hospital in coventry this morning receiving the first coronavirus vaccine in the uk. these are pictures that will go all over the world, i would imagine. here in the uk we are the first western nation to administer this vaccine. maggie is very happy for her picture to be taken and has agreed to do this. she actually had the vaccination just around half past six this morning. she has been checked out by everybody. she is well, feeling fine. you can see her having a chat to the matron. we saw her being prepared for the injection, very calm, very happy, and she says this is like an early birthday present. she is 91 next week. and until only a couple of yea rs week. and until only a couple of years ago she was working in a local jewellery store. she has been living in the midlands for the last 30 yea rs. in the midlands for the last 30 years. originally from enniskillen.
it very much a settled in the midlands now. expecting a quiet family christmas. she has been shielding, like lots of people. yeah. in terms of numbers, there are 800,000 doses of the jabs have been delivered. that is enough for a00,000 people. but it is not clear when the rest of those vaccines will actually arrive. that is one of the questions we would be putting to the health secretary, matt hancock, at 7:30am. a busy all morning. lots to talk about. a5 7:30am. a busy all morning. lots to talk about. as well as the vaccine and seeing and watching maggie keenan get of the first vaccine in the uk this morning, talks to find a uk eu trade dealfrom the the uk this morning, talks to find a uk eu trade deal from the start of next year are at stalemate. boris johnson will travel to brussels this week, in a bid to salvage a post—brexit deal, but neither side is expressing any optimism about breaking the deadlock. 0ur political correspondent, helen catt, is in westminster. good morning. now what will a visit
in person from the prime minister achieve, when we know there have already been two fairly significant phone conversations this week? the government says it still —— it still wa nts a government says it still —— it still wants a trade deal from january. it is not unusual for politicians to get involved at this very late stage of negotiations. and of course they can go further and they can come up with different solutions to the negotiators, acting under instructions. it is possible it could make a difference. but as you said, boris could make a difference. but as you said, bori5johnson could make a difference. but as you said, boris johnson and could make a difference. but as you said, bori5johnson and also underline have spoken in recent days. —— ursula von der leyen. i'm told the tone was courteous but they obvious you have not made this breakthrough. the differences that remain are in three pretty big areas. this is not a case of nipping over to brussels, smoothing out some wrinkles and posing for a photo. it feels like there is more of a challenge there than that. the tone from the uk government at least is
not usually upbeat. a senior government source was saying that things were looking tricky, there is every chance we are not going to get there. but boris johnson every chance we are not going to get there. but bori5johnson will go to brussels at some point in the coming days to meet ursula von der leyen. when we are talking about this deal, we are talking about a trade deal to be in place byjanuary. it is not about leaving the eu. we have done that. it is about how we trade with the eu after we have left the single market and customs union. helen catt, thank you. 0ur europe correspondent nick beake, is brussels. feels like a really significant week. give us an idea if you cannot the mood this morning? yeah. good morning again. i have been talking to people to try to get a sense of that. on the one how people are quietly optimistic that after, as we we re quietly optimistic that after, as we were hearing from helen there, we give intensified chat which brought nothing, the negotiations didn't herald a breakthrough, that you got boris herald a breakthrough, that you got bori5johnson meeting
herald a breakthrough, that you got boris johnson meeting ursula herald a breakthrough, that you got bori5johnson meeting ursula von der leyen, the european commission president, in person. maybe that will be enough to get a deal. it also, i think there is some deep scepticism from people i have been talking to. some people think it is for the television cameras, the tv bulletins back in the uk, and the newspapers, because this gives boris johnson an opportunity to come to brussels and say, there was a deal on the table, it wasn't good enough, so i've rejected it. but also they think maybe he is coming here so he can be seem to clinch a really great victory at the last minute. of course, downing street would say the prime minister is going to look at the facts in front of him and he will make the best decision for the country. in terms of what is happening today, no actual negotiations year. it is more a stock—take. they are trying to work out what could be achieved when the two principal characters meet. and as helen was saying, that could be this wednesday, possibly friday. a5 yet we are not quite sure. nick, i am sure you will be keeping a close
eye on it. thank you. i will tell you what we are very sure about. carol is coming up are very sure about. carol is coming up with the weather. right now! are you there, carol? i am! good morning. this morning if you are travelling it is going to be pretty foggy for some of us, particularly so across the south and the east of a. some dense fog, some freezing fog patches as well. it should lift more readily than it did yesterday. more ofa readily than it did yesterday. more of a breeze. some of it will lift into low cloud. showers across the channel islands. some clear skies in south—west england and south wales. but then dorset, the midlands coming to the south—east, east anglia, lincolnshire, this is where we have some dense fog. showers across north wales. then we run into rain in north—west england, parts of northern and scotland. pretty gusty across the north and also the west.
and the north—east actually. through the course of the day what you will find is the system sinks further south. we will see some more persistent rain coming in across northern england. but in the centre of the low there will be a lot of cloud in southern scotland. it should be mostly dry. more rain getting in to wales in the afternoon. but where the fog lingers, for example in parts of east anglia, that were pegged back the temperatures editable thecolds. 0nly the temperatures editable thecolds. only three degrees. these temperatures are average for the time of year. this evening and overnight this system sinks further south, taking rain into the midlands and wales, it is also pushing east. a cold start to the some fog. temperatures will rise. we should lose most of the fog. having said that, we could see a touch in parts of wales and also the south—west. more weather in half an hour. see you then. thank you.
90—year—old margaret keenan has become the first person in the uk to receive the coronavirus vaccine. this is the moment maggie made history at the university hospital coventry, along with matron maeve parsons, who you can see they're giving her the injection. the mass vaccination programme is now under way, using the first of the pfizer—biontech jobs. way, using the first of the pfizer—biontechjobs. we way, using the first of the pfizer—biontech jobs. we will be speaking to the health secretary, matt hancock in 15 minutes' time, to talk about the significance of what is happening today. and also asking him questions about when the rest of those vaccinations will arrive. remember, it is being made in the pfizer lab in belgium. 800,000 doses have been delivered, enough to vaccinate a00,000 people. there are many more on order. let's look at how the roll—out is actually going to ta ke how the roll—out is actually going to take place. 800 thousand doses
already arrived at hospitals across the uk ready to be given to people on the high priority list, including the over 805. care home workers and nhs staff also. 50 hospitals in england have been chosen as vaccination hubs, sites where the jab will be administered. in scotland, there will be 23 vaccination sites, including all major hospitals and in the highlands. the welsh government is promising to administer 6,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of this week. and in northern ireland, where there's currently a two—week lockdown, 25,000 doses of the vaccine have already arrived. people will start getting the jab later today. let's speak now to professor stephen powis, the medical director for nhs england.
good morning. lovely to speak to you on the programme. many will remember that a few days ago you described the vaccine is the beginning of the end. i wonder how you feel watching maggie keen on getting that first jab this morning? good morning. it's a really cold morning here in coventry. but at half past six, just over half—an—hour ago, when maggie received the first covert vaccine it was really, really emotional. —— covid—19 vaccine. i can tell you how emotional it was. this is a truly historic day. a turning point in this pandemic. another world first for the nhs. they've start of the largest vaccination programme in our history. as you said, nhs staff have been working tirelessly around the clock to make this day happen. 50 centres, 50 hospitals around england and others across the uk will be
starting vaccinating to date. vaccinating the over 805, like maggie. care home workers and some nhs staff as we really get this programme rolling. you talked about it being an important day, a significant day, a day that you are clearly excited about, but it is also a huge logistical operation, isn't it? yes, it is a hugely complex operation. 0ne isn't it? yes, it is a hugely complex operation. one of the most complex operation. one of the most complex operations the nhs has had to deliver. the first vaccine has particular characteristics. it needs to be transported at a very low temperature. but there has been a huge amount of planning. nhs staff, asi huge amount of planning. nhs staff, as i say, have been working around the clock. and i am really confident that we will get this programme wrapped up in the next few weeks. gps coming soon into care homes. because this is, this feels like the beginning of the end.” because this is, this feels like the beginning of the end. i am sure you know there would be lots of people watching this this morning with a real sense of relief. they have read the story, they have been hearing us this morning talking about the fact
that maggie has been in self isolation for much of the year. and she now has a big smile on herface behind that mask. they will be others watching this, professor, who are concerned about the vaccine, concerned about how quickly it has come about. what is your message to them? well, vaccination is one of them? well, vaccination is one of the safest forms of medicine we have. in the 19a05, when the nhs had just started, we started vaccinating against tb, and in the 505 against polio and diphtheria. vaccines have a strong track record. we know they work. this one has been tested in many thousands of people in clinical trials. and of course the independent regulator, the mhra, is looked at it carefully, as it always does, and is given at the green light. | does, and is given at the green light. iam does, and is given at the green light. i am absolutely confident that all vaccines are safe. so if you get called, we will be calling you get called, we will be calling you to come and get it, my advice is come and get it. it has been a dreadful year, 2020. all those things that we are so used to,
meeting friends and family, going to the cinema, all been disrupted. we can get those back. not tomorrow, not next week, none next month. but in the months to come as this vaccine programme rolls out we will start to get back to normal. as well as that hugejob start to get back to normal. as well as that huge job of logistically planning where these vaccines are going to be and who is going to be vaccinated, is some of your work and the work of others to actually counter some of the misinformation that might be out there? absolutely. so as! that might be out there? absolutely. so as i said, vaccination is one of the safest forms of medicine. we have reduced diseases across the globe by using this approach. actually, for many centuries vaccination first originated here in england. that was many centuries ago. it has a very strong track record. all these safety protocols have been put in place. the independent regulators have looked at this. so as i say, really
encouraging people. if you get called for a vaccine, then absolutely, as maggie did today, come forward and get thatjab. absolutely, as maggie did today, come forward and get that jab. and professor, we will speak to the health secretary in about ten minutes, but in terms of the next wave of that vaccine arriving from the pfizer lab is in belgium, what do we know about what will happen on top of the 800,000 doses that have already arrived? well, the uk government has ordered many millions of vaccines, not just the government has ordered many millions of vaccines, notjust the pfizer vaccine. there are other vaccines in the pipeline. the first 800,000 are coming. so we are rolling out, as i said, of the hospitals this week into general practice and care homes. and we will really want to get everything going in december. it's two doses for this vaccine. first round in the next few weeks, and then 21 days later people will
be coming back for a second dose. it is when we get into the new year that i think we will get this programme going, as more manufacturing results in more vaccines and of course there is the possibility of more vaccines becoming available. but it's really important as well. we are not out of the shed. it's winter, it's cold. we have still got january and february, and the rest of december ahead of us. tough times for the nhs. it is really important we keep socially distancing, keep sticking by the rules, because we need to get through the next few months to get to the point where sufficient numbers of people will be vaccinated and we can start to relax those rules. i am aware it is a time of the morning when people are switching on their tv all the time. if you are just turning on this morning, we have been watching maggie keenan, who is 90 years old, who has become the first person in the uk to receive the coronavirus vaccine. around about half past six this morning. we are speaking to professor stephen powers. and again,
i wanted to come back to you on the significance of today. we have seen you smiling at various points. there has been a lot of doom and gloom in recent months. but these fields to your mind like a really important day? oh, absolutely. an historic day. this is unprecedented, this pandemic. 0nce day. this is unprecedented, this pandemic. once in 100 years. it has affected all of us. it has affected our everyday lives, things we take for granted that we can't really do any more. for nhs staff across the country it has been an incredibly tough year. we treated nearly 200,000 people with coronavirus. a5 i stand here today we have got over 12,000 in our hospitals. this is a great day because those staff can now turn to preventing illness rather than treating illness. that means in the months ahead, as we do more vaccination, the pressure will start to ease on our staff. so it is a day for celebrating. we appreciate your time. thank you very much for
talking to us. thank you. professor stephen powys, live in breakfast this morning, talking about maggie keenan, the first person in the world to get the pfizerjab outside clinical trials. that was maggie. she's the first one. it's incredible. it is a really big day. we have got matt hancock you're with us we have got matt hancock you're with us at half past seven this morning more about the vaccine, the applications and the roll—out, and where the rest of the stock is going to come from. that is another important question. yes, he will be ten minutes. when the rugby league legend kevin sinfield decided to run seven marathons in seven days, he simply wanted to support his old friend and team—mate rob burrow, who has motor neurone disease. but as he clocked up the miles, it soon became clear that he was giving strength and hope to so many more families than just the burrows. 0ur breakfast inbox was flooded with messages from people — many of them directly affected by mnd — who wanted
to say thank you to kev. here are just a few of them. hey, kevin, it's andrew and freya nixon here. congratulations on achieving your seven marathons in seven days. you've really inspired me and my dad to get out on the road. we've been sharing a link every day to raise money for mnd. the charity is very close to our heart. sadly it took the life of my dad two and a half years ago. and you have been raising the profile of the charity, the help and support it offers everyone, and really, really promoting a positive message, thank you again. hi, there, my name is helen box. i've always had an interest in rugby league and back in the day my brother and i used to travel up to watch bradford bulls versus leeds rhinos. i have been watching the rob burrow coverage on bbc breakfast. mnd is a truly awful illness. i've seen it first hand with the volunteering work i do at the hospice. i see how it affects not only the patient but it affects their family and their friends. it's been truly inspiring to see
everybody pulling together for rob, and to watch what kevin has done over the last seven days, seven marathons in seven days is truly inspiring. it really puts my five kilometre lunchtime run to shame. you are truly inspirational, rob, keep on fighting, and because of watching all of this, it's inspired me to become a local volunteer at the mnd local association group. keep on fighting, rob, everyone is behind you. and kev, you are a true hero and a real friend. morning, breakfast, my name isjules and i lost my father to motor neurone disease in 1985. it was a terrible, devastating blow for us as a family and i'd just like to say to kevin, a big thank you for all the awareness and money that he has raised four people suffering from this terrible disease that obviously there is no cure for.
thank you, kevin. you are a hero. hi, kevin, my name is tina. my son got diagnosed aged just 16 ofjuvenile motor neurone disease. after fighting such a courageous battle, he sadly passed away at onlyjust 18 years old. what you have done for your friend rob burrow and the rest of the mnd community is nothing short of amazing. you have shown such massive effort to raise awareness for the mnd. thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, and i hope now you can put your feet up and have a good rest. thank you. hi, kevin, my name is trish. my husband david was diagnosed with mnd in 2018. as a result, he had to medically retire from work as a lawyer and i became his full—time carer. it quickly became apparent that we needed to sell our home in saddleworth so we moved to north wales to be closer to family. sadly, david passed away after several short weeks here. i just wanted to say thank you,
kevin, for not only raising vital funds for mnd research, but also for raising awareness of this brutal disease. thank you to everybody who contacted us. thank you for sharing them. i know some of those stories are really difficult to tell. yes, and there were so many messages when kavanagh there were so many messages when kava nagh was there were so many messages when kavanagh was on yesterday. he will be here in an hour. kevin sinfield will be on this sofa, the first guest we have had in the studio. we will do it carefully at a wide social distance as well. he will be here to talk about why he wanted to help his friend rob and also, i think, to talk about the response, which has been quite incredible. 0ver £1.7 million now. which has been quite incredible. over £1.7 million now. he is com pletely over £1.7 million now. he is completely overwhelmed, he said yesterday. it's taken completely by surprise. we will also be speaking to matt hancock and a couple of minutes. about the fact the first person in the world, maggie keenan,
has received the first vaccine in this country, but also the first person in the world to get the pfizer vaccine outside of clinical trials. quite a moment. time now to get the news, travel and weather where you are. good morning, i'm asad ahmad. a number of residents in camden say they're having to live with noise, dust and even rats as a result of the nearby construction for the hs2 rail link. there are 175 people who live next to the euston site who argue that the work is making their lives unbearable. it's absolutely horrendous. it's just a nightmare on a daily basis. you are just surrounded by it, it's like living on a building site. surrounded by the noise and the dust, and the just continuous drone of machinery, construction machinery.
camden council says it's looking forfunding from government to rehouse the residents. the government tells us it's working to find a solution. as you'll probably know the new covid jab is now being given to people as part of a mass vaccination programme. but we know many people still have questions about it so do get in touch if you're one of them. maybe you want to know if it'll be safe for you to have? email us your question. we'll try and get answers for you tonight at 6.30. the royal mint has launched a commemorative coin celebrating the career of one of london's most famous singers, david bowie. and they've done it by sending it into space. the coin for the the starman and space 0ddity singer was sent to an altitude of over 20,000 miles. the royal mint said it was the first time a uk coin had been sent into space. let's take a look at the travel situation now.
faulty trains, signal failures and customer incidents are leading to severe delays on tfl rail, hammersmith & city line and the circle line. the piccadilly line is part suspended and there are minor delays on the metropolitan line. 0n the roads, euston road closed by the police westbound opposite the british library. busy here on grays inn road on the approach to the euston road. now the weather with kate. good morning. it's another cold, frosty and foggy start this morning. visibility reduced quite considerably in one or two places. the temperature warrants that that fog could freeze. the met office has a yellow weather warning in place for this morning for that fog. it will gradually start to lift. through the afternoon perhaps lifting a little quicker than yesterday, thanks to a strengthening breeze. temperatures still quite cold today, between three and six celsius the maximum. into this evening and overnight we'll get an early minimum temperature. the temperature drops quite
quickly when the sun sets. then we'll see this rain moving through, a band of rain. that actually means the temperature will rise by a degree or two by dawn tomorrow morning. minimum temperature, between one and 3 celsius. a rather grey start tomorrow. you might get one or two spots of rain. that should start to clear as we head through the afternoon. watch the temperature. it is slightly higher than it has been for the last few days. less cold as we head towards the end of the week. but turning more unsettled. i'm back with the latest from the bbc london newsroom in an hour. hello, this is breakfast with dan walker and sally nugent. the uk's mass vaccination programme against coronavirus has begun. margaret keenan, who is 90, was the first person to receive the pfizer—biontech jab at university hospital coventry. this happened an hour ago.
she was at one of around 70 hospitals across the uk which will be giving the vaccine to the over—805 and some health and care staff. bori5johnson has called it a huge step forward in the fight against the disease. it's margaret's birthday next week, she turns 91, and she's told staff that this jab feels like an early birthday gift. the nurse delivering the jab is may parsons. remember those names, they will be needed for every pub quiz for now and then! 0ur health editor has put on social media, the second patient to get the jab is called william shakespeare from warwickshire. are you sure? hugh pym does not make this stuff up! he will be with us
later on to talk about not only what is happening today, in that hospital in coventry, but also the roll—out and what happens from this point forward. we were speaking to professor stephen powis, one of those responsible for what has been happening today and the roll—out across england, and he said it was quite emotional to be in that room this morning. you can imagine, watching the pictures it felt quite emotional to see that happening to somebody who has been shielding for months. maggie is the first person in the world to be given that the vaccine outside of the trial, the first person in the world. remember her name. waking up to some important news this morning. talks to find a uk — eu trade agreement from the start boris johnson will travel to brussels this week in a bid to salvage a post—brexit deal, after a 90—minute phone call with the european commission president ursula von der leyen failed to produce a result.
neither side is expressing any optimism about breaking the deadlock by the 31st of december. the first englishman to climb everest has died at the age of 79. doug scott was in a team of british climbers which tackled the south—west face of everest in 1975, regarded as one of mountaineering's most difficult challenges. he founded a charity to help people in the himalayas and raised thousands of pounds during the lockdown by climbing up and down his stairs at home. we hope to be speaking to the health secretary matt hancock in the next few minutes. but first, let's go through some of the sport. there will be a lot of eyes on this game between millwall and qpr this evening. there will, after a section of m illwa ll there will, after a section of m illwall fa ns there will, after a section of millwall fans appeared to boo when the players took the knee at the last game. so much energy has gone
forward into how to go forward from here, how to mark the tackling of racism within the game without politicising this gesture of taking the knee. the big question will be what happens if there is more booming tonight after all those discussions. players from millwall and queens park rangers will link arms before kick—off in tonight's championship game at the den. the teams will hold aloft a banner to show their collective commitment towards efforts to rid the game of racism. it follows the booing of players at millwall when they took the knee before saturday's match with derby. millwall‘s regular shirt sponsor will also be replaced with the logo of anti—discrimination body kick it out, whose chairjoined us earlier on breakfast. what they have come up with something that they feel will create unity in their club and is a message that everyone can get behind. i disagree with some of the objections to take a knee, and i disagree with the conflation with other political movements, that people are mischievously making,
but i have to accept that some people disagree with that and if this is something that creates unity, we should be supporting it. we were also joined by mark prince, who set up the kiyan prince foundation in 2008 in memory of his son kiyan, who played for qpr's youth team and was stabbed to death while trying to break up a fight, outside his school gates. he says clubs have to take a stand against all forms of discrimination. this is about equality and i don't wa nt this is about equality and i don't want to see anybody on the planet who should not want equality. and if there is, that's ok, there is freedom of speech. you should be allowed your views. but not if it is spoiling the brand. the brand should be doing something about having people coming onto their grounds, ruining their ethos, people coming onto their grounds, ruining theirethos, ruining people coming onto their grounds, ruining their ethos, ruining their brand. and they should be looking to do something.
mark prince speaking so passionately about what he thinks would be the way forward. all eyes on the den when millwall and qpr meet tonight, what happens next and how the fans behave from here. an hour ago, 90—year—old maggie keenan became the first person in the world to receive the pfizer—biontech vaccine, outside of a clinical trial. that is quite a thing. the jab, which took place in coventry, marks the start of the uk's mass vaccination programme. stephen powis, the medical director of nhs england told bbc breakfast it was a "truly historic day" and a turning point in the pandemic. the health secretary, matt hancock, joins us now. good morning, mr hancock. i imagine you probably feel the same way. yes, good morning, ifeel really emotional. watching those pictures of margaret getting vaccinated. it
looks such a small thing, with the needle in her upper arm, it was very straight forward and over in seconds, but it is such a, such an important moment in beating this disease. and we have all had such a tough 2020, everybody touched by this virus. and this marks a route out. we still have a long march ahead of us, but this marks a route out. so a wonderful moment, and we are watching pictures of maggie getting her injection right now in hospital in coventry. wait to see those pictures. but we have to look ahead, and ask the question, today isa ahead, and ask the question, today is a wonderful moment, but how long until everybody in that first priority tier, if you like, how long until all of those people are vaccinated? that will take several weeks. the overall programme to
vaccinate all those who are vulnerable to covid will take several months. and so we have to stick at it. we are all making progress together, and science has brought this resolution that we have got, this new vaccine, this new technology. and we've got to get it rolled out and i'm sure that the nhs will do that, even though it's such an enormous logistical challenge. but as i say, we still have months to go. it's so important, ifeel conflicted emotions this morning because i'm absolutely thrilled and delighted watching margaret get her jab, and then the next person, a gentleman called william shakespeare, but i'm also really determined that as a country, we have to stick together whilst we get through these final months. because
this virus is still deadly. and we've got to stick by the rules, even whilst we roll out the vaccine. so we still have a long way to go on this march, we've got to keep our results for the next few months, but we can all see that we have a route out and we can get back to normal by the spring, i hope. certainly by the summer. but we still got to stick at it for now. let's break that down a little bit, shall we? how many people do you expect will have been vaccinated, it is the 8th of december today, how many people will have been vaccinated by christmas? we have 800,000 doses in the country, and we have more being delivered next week. we have millions of doses we expect to arrive before the end of the year. but we're not putting exact figure on that, because the manufacturing process itself is difficult. this
vaccine is not just process itself is difficult. this vaccine is notjust a compound that you can make, its a biological product stop so that is itself a difficult process. the job of the nhs is to be ready to vaccinate at whatever speed the manufacture can produce it, so the direct answer to your question is millions by the end of the year but we don't want to put an exact figure on it because there are so many uncertainties. and that underlines how important it is that people stick to the rules so that we don't spread this virus in the meantime whilst we get this life—saving vaccine into the arms of millions of people. there are two things now that i guess you are looking very closely at. one is the supply chain, and then the second is the logistics of getting this vaccination programme done across the country. how confident are you in the supply chain that you have right now? you put it really simply,
but it is unbelievably complicated in practice. the supply chain of getting the pfizer biontech vaccine in from belgium has worked smoothly, and we have contingencies in case there are logistical challenges for whatever reason to make sure that we can keep that supply coming in. in fa ct, can keep that supply coming in. in fact, we have five different options of how to get it in according to whatever logistical challenges may be faced. actually the bigger logistical challenges are within the nhs. 0nce logistical challenges are within the nhs. once the vaccine is delivered into the uk, it then goes to the four nhs organisations in the four nations, and is delivered by the nhs. and that is a huge challenge of logistics because it has to be stored at —70, but also a huge challenge for the nhs workforce to make sure we have enough people who can vaccinate. i think it is worth
as all playing thanks in advance to the hard work they will have to do over this winter. and that logistical challenge of calling the right people and making sure they get their second appointment in the right moment and that we get to all of those who need it, that is the biggest operation in nhs history, according to the nhs leaders. 0bviously according to the nhs leaders. obviously we are putting a huge amount of effort into trying to get that process right. it will be complicated, it will be difficult, and no doubt as with any huge operation, there will be challenges. the nhs is an amazing organisation and i'm sure it can deliver. i'm going to ask you another very simple question about a complicated issue, i'm afraid, so do bear with me. can you tell us, when people in care
homes in england will be getting the vaccine? we know it is from december 14 vaccine? we know it is from december 1a in scotland, what about people in ca re 1a in scotland, what about people in care homes in england? we will do that as soon as we can. the reason that as soon as we can. the reason that we can't do it from today is that we can't do it from today is that the way that we get the vaccine physically to the care homes itself has to be safe and secure. we need to make sure that is approved by the regulator. that isn't some kind of bureaucratic exercise, its checking that the process of getting the vaccine to the care home is done in a safe way. these are fragile, its fragile stuff. i absolutely hope to be starting up before christmas. and we are working with the regulator, the uk regulator, to make sure that that can be done safely and
securely. ok. do you have any idea yet, or any update you can give us this morning, about the other vaccines that are currently being worked on for the uk? there is only one that can deliver before april of next year, and that one is the 0xford extra zeneca vaccine. their data —— astra zeneca vaccine. the data —— astra zeneca vaccine. the data is currently being analysed by the mhra to analyse the efficacy of the mhra to analyse the efficacy of the data in the clinical trials. we hope that will get approval but that isa hope that will get approval but that is a matter for the mhra and hope that will get approval but that is a matterfor the mhra and i hope that will get approval but that is a matter for the mhra and i will not put any pressure on them. we hope that to come through in the next few weeks. the pfizer biontech vaccine that we have got, the majority of the roll—out will be in the first couple of months of next
year. so the first couple of months of next yea r. so clearly the first couple of months of next year. so clearly we are giving them all the support they need to get that over the line and approved, but it has to be the decision for the independent mhra who will only approve it if it is safe to use and effective. that work is under way. and i would not expect anything for the next few weeks. and how are you going to communicate news to the general public about this vaccine? we have seen the daily coronavirus press co nfe re nces we have seen the daily coronavirus press conferences that it did happen for quite some time, will you be releasing daily vaccination figures and targets? i think you're doing a pretty brilliant job of communicating the vaccine to the general public. i have had so many m essa g es general public. i have had so many messages this morning from people who are watching your programme who, like me, ijust who are watching your programme who, like me, i just feeling who are watching your programme who, like me, ijust feeling this sense of, huge sense of relief more than
anything that finally this is happening and we are on our way out of this pandemic. absolutely, we will update with figures for how many people have been vaccinated. i'm very keen to make sure that we do that as things are delivered on the ground. we are cautious about the ground. we are cautious about the numbers that are coming, because of that manufacturing process being uncertain. in terms of how many people have been vaccinated, absolutely we will be releasing figures about that because that itself is important in knowing how soon we can get onto releasing the restrictions, because it is a question of how soon we have managed to protect those who are most vulnerable to the disease. this is all for a purpose, this vaccination, to allow people to get back to normal and do the things that we love. and to remove some of the damaging consequences of what we have had to do to protect people during this pandemic. thank you for
your very kind comments about our programme, i'm delighted so many of your friends are watching, that's great news! at what point during the vaccination programme will you start to lift the restrictions? do you have a number which, when it's reached, we can get back to living a normal life? that is one of the thing that is still uncertain. we know that this vaccine protects the person who has been vaccinated. when margaret gets her second dose in 21 days' time, from 28 days' time, a week after the second dose, she will be protected from coronavirus. that is obviously brilliant for margaret. what we do not yet know if the degree to which the vaccine reduces the chance of margaret passing it on, the disease on, a symptomatically. we think that that transmission risk, as it's called,
is much reduced by being vaccinated but we need to watch that. what we will actually watch for the removal of the restrictions is the same data we look at all the time, the number of people who get cases, who are catching the disease and test positive and the number of people who end up in hospital, and of course the number of people who sadly died from coronavirus. and the proportion who test positive. these are the same five indicators we look at at the moment. we hope that the vaccine group programme, by protecting people, will start to sharply reduce the number of people who end up in hospital and the number of people who die and then we will be again to end restrictions. but we can't know that until we have enough people vaccinated so we can see the impact on our hospitals, in terms of deaths and the number of people who die from coronavirus.
again, icome people who die from coronavirus. again, i come back to this mixed emotion that i feel. absolute relief and elation that we have this vaccine, the vaccine going, and real pride in our country that we have managed to get to this point and be the first in the world to have this approved vaccine. but also, really determined that we stick by the rules and we stick at it for these last few months. we can see the route out but we have got to get there and we have still got to march down that path together and stick at it over the months to come to keep people safe. matt hancock, thank you very much. thanks for having me. the first person to receive the vaccine in the uk, this pfizer vaccine in the uk, this pfizer vaccine anywhere in the world was maggie keenan, who was 90 years old, her 91st birthday next week. the health secretary was also telling us
that are bizarrely the second person to receive the vaccine was a fellow called of william shakespeare. there he is, from warwickshire. i think he might have stolen some of the headlines away from maggie because of his name. i'm not sure if there is any direct descent to the bard himself. how magnificently british that the second person to receive the vaccine in the uk is called william shakespeare from warwickshire. that is great, isn't it? to real moments on this programme, seeing maggie get the vaccine and the second person as well. the health secretary told us epic about the roll—out in terms of what from that point onwards. the other name that you saw there was matron may parsons who administered the vaccine to maggie and william. let's go to carol with the weather.
good morning. it is cold if you have not yet stepped outside, temperature is below average for the time of year and below freezing in bournemouth, cardiff is freezing. newcastle and belfast a little higher. in the areas where we have temperatures below freezing and fog, it is freezing fog. that is particularly in the south and east of england, the midlands and in lincolnshire. in the northern half of the country, no pressure dominates the weather. —— low pressure. fans of showers and gusty winds as well. first thing this morning, the fog will take its time to lift but breeze developing will lift it more readily than yesterday. for some, it will only lift into low cloud. for areas such as east anglia, you could find you are stuck with it for most of the day. showers across wales and rain across
northern england, parts of northern ireland and scotland. the black circles indicate the strength of the gusts of wind. pretty gusty across the coastal beaches of scotland and northern ireland. through the day, sinks a little bit southwards so the rain turns heavier across parts of northern england and wales. sunshine comes to parts of southern england and the west of northern ireland, remaining cloudy in the centre of the area of low pressure. temperatures below average for the time of year, feeling cold stuck under lingering fog. this evening and overnight, this system pushes southwards and eastwards. so overnight the temperature will rise where it has been low. also we are looking at any mist and fog being moved away by the band of rain. patches in south—west wales and england. we say goodbye to the
showers tomorrow, then the sun comes out for a time before the next weather front comes in from the west, bringing heavy rain across northern ireland, wales and the south—west. that is heading south. lots happening. it's been a brutal year for our front line nhs workers but the pandemic has also highlighted just how appreciated they are. last year nhs charities received around £a00 , 000 in donations. this year the figure stands at £150 million. ellie 0rton is the chief executive of nhs charities together which represents 2a1 nhs charities. we can speak to her now, along with cath scott, who is a matron at darlington memorial hospital. great to see you both, thank you very much for your time this morning. first of all, how tough has
this year been? it has been an incredibly difficult year, the most challenging year that the nhs has ever experienced. and alongside that, what that brought out and has shown is the huge love and appreciation we have for the nhs, particularly for nhs staff who work tirelessly to care for their patients. your team is one of those who has benefited from some of this money, give us an idea of how you have used it. we have used it to benefit patients and staff. in terms of patients, during the first wave, it was really difficult so we used it was really difficult so we used it to purchase ipads which allowed patients to facetime and skype with relatives and that was hugely beneficial to patients and staff and
the relatives. we have also purchased reclining chairs. areas, so purchased reclining chairs. areas, so staff could put their feet up during the lunch on the staff appreciated that. that must make, those are small details, literally somewhere to go and sit down, that must make an enormous difference when you are under pressure and exhausted. absolutely and just having those comfort things to get away from a clinical area for a short time made a great difference to staff. we have also purchased welfare packs for patients and staff, things like hand cream, you get chapped hands with all the hand washing, and we got toiletries to the patients, things that the relatives that would have normally brought in. it made a big difference to the patient journey. everybody watching this will know that the nhs is funded by the taxpayer, so why is
this extra money needed and how is it helping? nhs charities have worked alongside the nhs and in partnership with the nhs ever since 19a8. it really does give the above and beyond that cath just talked about. that helps patient welfare and experience and the well—being of the south. it is those extras, it is above and beyond. but it is of vital importance partnership. coming back to you, kath, what has this year been like for you and for your collea g u es been like for you and for your colleagues where you are? just echoing what ellie said, it has been a very challenging and turbulent year. it's quite surreal in some respects. the first wave was very difficult, the second wave i do feel we anticipated it and we were more prepared. a very surreal year,
really. the charitable fund money has made a big difference in improving it. and patients alike. have you been surprised by the generosity? a lot of this was captain sirtom generosity? a lot of this was captain sir tom moore and his money he raised, but a lot of other schemes and activities which people have been engaging in as well. schemes and activities which people have been engaging in as weltm has been incredibly overwhelming, i don't think we anticipated anything like the support that we have had. it has been absolutely amazing. nhs charities together was a small organisation which had an income of £a00,000 to support 2a0 nhs charities in the country, they have a lwa ys charities in the country, they have always done large fundraising but like all charities, their fundraising has been decimated this year. they have not been able to do the normal events and community
fundraising that they would normally participate in to support their nhs hospitals and services and ambulance services and community health services. and so we thought may be the country, people would like to give to a central campaign and that that would help our member charities and ultimately help the nhs. when we started that on the first day of the first on march 23, we had no idea that the first day we would bring in £10 million in one day. and in the first week, £15 million. within six weeks with the help of sirs captain tom moore as you mentioned, we brought in £100 million. and now we are brought in £100 million. and now we a re really brought in £100 million. and now we are really proud to announce that we have just gone over the £150 million mark as a charity. all of those funds go to support nhs charities. that is an incredible amount of money. when you get 10 million on your first day, what is that like?
mind blown, i imagine you run round, you can't see many people but you call round and say, can you believe this? exactly, and my team was a tea m this? exactly, and my team was a team of three for a charity, four including myself, and with the first lockdown this was all taking place from our kitchen tables and dining room tables. my team went absolutely overboard to be able to support our members and the nhs. they pretty much every day were working 15 hours a day without weekends for the first few months to be able to, just to be able to respond to the incredible outpouring of love that the country had for the nhs. and though we are so incredibly grateful and so incredibly proud, every single person in every single company and brand that has supported our appeal and supported nhs staff, volunteers
and supported nhs staff, volunteers and patients. and these funds are really making a difference as kath has said. an amazing amount of money, thank you for speaking to us. and thank you for the job that you are many others are doing, speak soon. thank you. stay with us, headlines coming up. good morning, welcome to breakfast with dan walker and sally nugent. 0ur headlines today:
the first person in the uk has received the coronavirus vaccine — 90—year—old margaret keenan is a patient at coventry hospital. ijust i just feel strange. it's a wonderful, really. anyway, this is for a good cause. i'm so pleased i had it done. it's the biggest vaccination campaign in the history of the nhs. we're live at some of the 70 hospitals where the first jabs are being administered. this is a truly historic day, a turning point in this pandemic, another world first for the nhs. the health secretary matt hancock tells breakfast that the vaccine will be given to care home residents in england this month i absolutely hope to be starting that before christmas. and we're working with the regulator, the uk
regulator, to make sure that that can be done safely and securely. no breakthrough on a post—brexit trade deal — bori5johnson will go to brussels later this week for face to face talks. good morning. fish, fair competition and following the rules — i'll explain the key sticking points in those post—brexit talks. is there any zoom at the inn? how school nativities are going online this year. good morning. a cold and frosty start. some dense fog patches. further north gusty winds and rain. details on about ten minutes. good morning. it's tuesday, the 8th of december. our top story — and it's some breaking news. the uk's mass vaccination programme against coronavirus has begun. margaret keenan — who is 90 — received the pfizer—biontech jab at university hospital coventry
earlier this morning. she's the first person in the world to get the vaccine, outside of a clinical trial. bori5johnson has called it a huge step forward in the fight against the disease. keith doyle reports. the health secretary has told brea kfast the health secretary has told breakfast millions of people will be vaccinated before the end of the year. his report contains flashing images. i'm just going to put this in your arm, 0k? i'm just going to put this in your arm, ok? this is the moment of the world has been waiting for. the first person to be vaccinated with the pfizer biontech vaccine as part of the mass vaccination programme. 90—year—old margaret keenan received the injection at university hospital coventry and warwickshire this morning. from matron may parsons. this simple injection marks the start of a mass programme aiming to protect the most vulnerable and returned like to normal. margaret,
known as maggie, a grandmotherfrom enniskillen in county fermanagh, has lived in coventry for 60 years. she is 91 next week and said this is the best early birthday present she could wish for. just so strange. and so wonderful, really. yeah, so... anyway, this is for a good cause, so i'm so pleased i had it done. this isa i'm so pleased i had it done. this is a terrible, terrible disease, so we do want rid of it. so anything that helps is a bonus, isn't it, really? those first to receive the vaccine are, like margaret, over 80, we re vaccine are, like margaret, over 80, were hospital patients, along with ca re were hospital patients, along with care workers. two doses will be needed 21 days apart. it was really, really emotional. i can't tell you just how much emotion there was in that vaccination centre. this is a truly historic day. a turning point in this pandemic, another world first for the nhs. the start of the
largest vaccination programme in our history. i feel really emotional. watching those pictures of margaret getting vaccinated. it looks such a small thing. with the needle in her upper arm it was very straightforward and over in seconds, but it is such an important moment in beating this disease. more than 60,000 people in the uk have died after being infected with covid, according to government figures. to start with the vaccine will be given mainly at hospitals. soon gps and pharmacists should get the jab and teams will be sent out to care homes. doctors are warned —— a warning that getting to everybody will take months, not weeks. there is some way to go on to life can return to normal. keith doyle, bbc news. 0ur health editor hugh pym is at the university hospital coventry. hugh, give us an idea
of what you've seen this morning, and what it means in terms of the fight against covid? we have been speaking to professor powis about what a day it is. we have been hearing from margaret keenan, the first person in the uk to receive this vaccine. we have spoken to you a lot in recent months and this feels like a significant day, doesn't it? it certainly does, dan. a day of emotion, as we have been hearing. it happened just a short distance from where i am now. the vaccination centre here at the university hospital coventry. just around that corner. and it was just remarkable. there is maggie, aged 90, 91 next week. she wasjust remarkable. there is maggie, aged 90, 91 next week. she was just as cool as anything, receiving the jab from senior nurse may parsons. com pletely from senior nurse may parsons. completely unfazed by the media watching in the sense that this really was a moment of history. just chatting to her afterwards in interviews, just shrugging her shoulders saying, no problem, didn't mind the media coverage and ijust
wa nted mind the media coverage and ijust wanted to get the message across, this is very important. she has been self isolating for a certain amount of this year and only bubbling with some of her family. of this year and only bubbling with some of herfamily. and of this year and only bubbling with some of her family. and she's really hoping now that as a result of this she will have to wait three weeks for her next jab she will have to wait three weeks for her nextjab and a bit longer after that, to be sure that she wa nts to after that, to be sure that she wants to see more of her family again after this really difficult yearfor again after this really difficult year for everybody. a remarkable scene here. the nhs doing what it does so well, delivering quality health care, straightforwardly. and they will continue doing so. very much a sense here that this is a world first and it is the nhs which is delivering. thank you, such an important day. there is something magnificently british by the fact the second person to get the vaccine was called william shakespeare from warwickshire. a5
was called william shakespeare from warwickshire. as the role that now continues across the uk. absolutely. i spoke to one of the staff here. i said you couldn't have written a better script. i did say, is from stratford? they better script. i did say, is from stratford ? they couldn't better script. i did say, is from stratford? they couldn't quite deliver that one. william shakespeare from warwickshire became the second patient here. he is aged 81. ina the second patient here. he is aged 81. in a few minutes there will be a ca re 81. in a few minutes there will be a care worker here coming from a care home. she will get the jab. a5 care worker here coming from a care home. she will get the jab. as well as the over 805, it will be care workers coming into hospitals like this, hospital hubs, to get their injections, and some nhs staff as well. it is a huge achievement by the nhs to go from approval less than a week ago by their regulator. they'd obviously prepared a bit before that. be ready to go today on this scale in all parts of the uk at leading hospitals, that is quite something tojust leading hospitals, that is quite something to just try and take on board. a5 something to just try and take on board. as well as the attention of
the world on this hospital and others, the fact the nhs is rolling this out for all of those who most need this injection. we were speaking to the health secretary, matt hancock, on the programme and he was saying that millions are expected to be vaccinated by christmas. care home is included in that list. how ambitious does that sound? getting into care homes is difficult, logistically, because of the way the doses are stored in these large trays with 975, breaking them down into smaller consignments for care homes is a logistical challenge. of course, there is the refrigeration issue as well. that has been worked through with regulators. but as of now, the authorities in england, matt hancock covering the health service in england, and also in northern ireland, have said they want to start getting the vaccine into care homes before christmas, possibly starting at the end of next week.
gps going into the care homes to inoculate the most vulnerable residents there. of course, gps in england will start providing the vaccine at their hubs from next monday. so there is no policy. it will carry on rolling on and getting toa will carry on rolling on and getting to a bigger scale as we go forward. there is a lot of work still to do. we are still waiting for approval from the other major vaccine, the astrazeneca vaccine, that is still being looked at by medical regulators. so in the meantime we await news of how far this will go. but certainly, this is one of the biggest moments that we have seen since the start of this pandemic. so many sad and tragic stories. now there is some hope. but nobody is under any illusion. it is going to bea under any illusion. it is going to be a difficult winter. january and february are always tough. it will ta ke february are always tough. it will take time to get a large number of people vaccinated. thank you very much. hugh pym at university
hospital in coventry, where, as he said, really important day today. hugh was describing what it was like to be in that room. quite emotional to be in that room. quite emotional to see maggie keenan get the first jab in the uk. you could tell by how noisy it was. a lot going on. maggie herself got the jab at about 6:30am. and then this happened. applause. applause. a guard of honour from some of the staff. isn't it brilliant? a bit of relief, i can imagine, from not only maggie but those staff who have seen an awful lot at that hospital and hospitals all over the uk over the course of this year. 91 next week. she called it an early birthday present. katherine da costa is at wrexham park hospital in slough, another one of the 50 hubs in england that have been set up
to start administering vaccinations. this really feels like a significant day, doesn't it? it does. but the start of the day is misty, murky and cold. but behind me in the building the first vaccinations are due to start as we speak. i'm told the very first person is going to be an a&e consultant who was shielding on the first wave earlier this year. so being vaccinated means he will be able to return to the front line. now behind me there is a team of nhs staff are very excited. they are going to be booking in outpatients who are over 80. there are some care home staff that will be coming in. and other nhs colleagues. they will be shown through to one of three bays that have been set up, where a nurse will give the vaccination. then there is a recovery room where they can have tea and biscuits. they will field may be an ache in their arm initially, but they will be invited back in three weeks to have
a second jab, the week later they will have full immunity. they will be protected from falling seriously ill with the virus. it is a hugely important day. this isjust the beginning. as hugh was saying, as supplies are ramped up, perhaps other vaccines are given approval, we other vaccines are given approval, we will see large community vaccination hubs setup. the hope is they will be able to vaccinate all of the most at risk groups by the spring, and that we should then see life started back to some kind of normality. thank you. let's get the picture for you in belfast. chris pages there. what is expected there? yes, dan. it is a bleak and blustery day weather wise in northern ireland, but it is a very exciting one in the world of medicine and indeed for the wider world. the vaccine is being rolled out in seven sites in northern ireland, including the royal victoria hospital in west
belfast, the biggest hospital in northern ireland. staff have been arriving at work this morning and they have been saying to me, it's a good feeling to be driving up the main road into the site and seeing directional signs, purple sounds like the one in the building behind me, that says simply, covert vaccination centre. —— covid—19 vaccination centre. —— covid—19 vaccination centre. —— covid—19 vaccination centre. the first jab in northern ireland has taken place. the person who has received it is a nurse, sisterjoanna the person who has received it is a nurse, sister joanna sloan. the person who has received it is a nurse, sisterjoanna sloan. she is 28 years old. she is a mother of one. she is getting married in april. and she has said she feels emotional and proud to be part of history. she is one of more than 600 volunteer vaccinates here, people who will administer the vaccine, so she is first in line along with those other volunteers. then other people being given priority, care home staff and residents, other health service staff, northern
ireland is 3% of the population of the uk, so it's not about that proportion of the available vaccine. 25,000 doses arrived here on friday. that is on offer about 12,500 people. the first minister, arlene foster, said it is a day of hope. she has also pointed out that the first person in the whole of the uk to receive the vaccine, maggie keenan, is originally from county fermanagh, which is mrs foster plus macon county. the first minister has said that is wonderful news. you can expect to hear more from mrs foster and the deputy first minister, arlene o'neill, today. the senior medics too. they will be making the point of this is a very significant step. one very important step on the road back towards some kind of normality perhaps into next year. but many months lie ahead before the mass vaccination programme is completely rolled out. and it certainly is still said to be a
tough few months here, particularly for the people working in the likes of the royal victoria hospital in the northern irish capital city. chris, thank you very much. really interesting to hear the picture from belfast. we have been everywhere this morning as this breaking news develops. a mass vaccination of millions of people in the uk against coronaviruses under way. it hasjust gone quarter past eight. 90—year—old margaret keenan, maggie keenan, became the first person in the world to receive the pfizer—biontech jab outside of a clinical trial. this was at university hospital in coventry. she said she is encouraged —— where she has encouraged everyone to get it because if she can do it, so can you. let's speak now to epidemiologist professor sian griffiths, a griffiths, nd christine tait—burkard, who is an assistant professor in immunology at the university of edinburgh. shall wejust take shall we just take a moment and
remark on the fact that we've even got to this point today? it is fantastic news. through the last months we have been saying, what are all the issues? so it is amazing that we are here today with people at the beginning of the mass vaccination campaign. and congratulations to everyone involved, to the scientists, to the health services getting going to make sure that people will receive it. and i think that we should celebrate the fact that it is good news. but then we do have two adding that note of caution. this isjust the beginning. and we still need to abide by all the rules that are around us, the tiers, wash our hands, keepa around us, the tiers, wash our hands, keep a distance. all those measures are still important. the disease is with us and won't go away until we have large numbers of people vaccinated in the population. it's very important, that note of caution. christine, let's come to you on that. as all our guests have
been saying, it feels like a significant day, but there is a long road ahead? absolutely. but i have to say personally amazing to report ona to say personally amazing to report on a good news day. this is definitely one of them. it is a milestone we didn't think we would reach down here. and we have. probably the best christmas present we can probably the best christmas present we can hope for ahead of a christmas thatis we can hope for ahead of a christmas that is going to be far from normal. sian griffiths, what are the logistical challenges of getting this number of vaccines out as quickly as possible? how difficult is it going to be? well, this is the pfizer—biontech vaccine that is being rolled out. we have all heard about the fact that it needs to be ke pt about the fact that it needs to be kept at —70. that is a logistical problem in itself. then the trays of doses, over and they need to be broken up and got to care and two surgeries and two smaller vaccine hubs as quickly as possible, then they have a limited shelf life. that
in itself means to make the maximum use of the vaccine the whole system needs to be very smooth. people need to know when to turn up. they need to know when to turn up. they need to know when to turn up. they need to know what is going to happen to them. they need to understand that they have to wait afterwards for a few minutes, 20 minutes, ithink. all these things, people need to be primed. but i think there is so much goodwill with this vaccine. hopefully, these logistical problems will be overcome. i have seen, and the media that you have shown clip after clip of people doing amazing things to make sure that the vaccine does reach the most vulnerable, those who are elderly, those in care homes and their carers. i think that everybody will do what they can and then we will have other vaccines coming along. i think there is talk of contracts for seven vaccines. the astrazeneca vaccine could be available in a short period of time. still waiting for the safety checks. that is an easier vaccine to
distribute to communities. and then we distribute to communities. and then we will start to see mass vaccination in large arenas of various sorts around the country. this is the fantastic national logistical challenge, but with a fairwind, as many logistical challenge, but with a fair wind, as many people as can benefit from it will benefit from it. one of the big logistical challenges is getting people back for part two of the jab 21 days later. christine, to come back to you, i know these are difficult questions to answer precisely and things are changing and we are learning all the time, but how many people you feel might need to be vaccinated before we see a big change in the rate of transmission? well, when you look at the rate of transmission every percentage should make a difference. the vaccine provides sterile immunity. that means people are vaccinated. even though they might get infected, they
don't shed the virus. they are not a risk for other people getting that. that is where we still have some questions around some of the vaccines, because that is actually a pa rt vaccines, because that is actually a part that has not been updated in clinical trials. the vaccines are amazingly good. but we have seen in some trials, especially with the oxford astrazeneca once, that people we re oxford astrazeneca once, that people were shedding the virus in their noses. quite easy to transmit from there. that is a risk that will mean we there. that is a risk that will mean we will need more people vaccinated in the high risk groups, so they are protected from disease rather than from stopping the spread of the virus. that is one of the questions that we are looking forward to. eventually we are obviously hoping for over 55 to 65%. that is what the
german government. that is what they reckon that would be sufficient to go back to normal. but that is obviously something that every country has to assess for their own situation as well. sian griffiths, we had matt hancock, the health secretary, the programme almost an hour ago now. when i asked him how many people would receive this vaccination he said millions by the end of the year. they are not putting an exact figure on it but he is saying millions within the next few weeks. how do you communicate that type of programme to people sitting at home who are watching this now, who would be expecting to get the vaccine? i think we'll need to recognise that we will be called, that the first people to be called add those in the highest priority group, and that we can wait to be told because we know what the priorities are. we know it is older people, we know this virus is very much more severe the older you are.
and so if we are older, over 80, even over 75, if you are a health ca re even over 75, if you are a health care worker or a care home worker, we care worker or a care home worker, we might expect to be called. you have to think personally about this. as you say, it could be millions somewhere else, not you. so you have to think i'm in the risk group? am i likely to get cold? we know there are 800,000 doses at the moment of this vaccine, that means 400,000 people. we that they are expecting more, and as you say millions more doses, but there seems to be around five quoted. in a population of our size, a lot of us won't get the vaccine until next year. but there will be a roll—out and we just need to wait until it is our time because it is the most vulnerable who need to be vaccinated first. and the other thing we need to think about is that it's great that we've got the vaccine. but what about low
income countries? what about the global threat of this disease? how is the vaccine going to be apportioned across all countries in the world, notjust apportioned across all countries in the world, not just across ourselves in the uk? i think we the world, not just across ourselves in the uk? ithink we need the world, not just across ourselves in the uk? i think we need to think about about a role in that. and also encouraging distribution of the vaccine on a global scale, particularly to lower and middle income countries, where they will need to be supported by funding from better off countries. sian griffiths and christine tate per card, thank you both very much indeed for talking to us this morning. the breaking news we brought you just a couple of hours ago. the first person to receive that pfizer—biontech vaccine, as we saw, maggie, aged 90, she got the vaccine at about half past six. we showed you the radio this morning. the person administering that vaccine to maggie was matron may parsons. she has also been speaking this morning about being part of this historic
moment. if anyone has the vaccine they want to get it, they won't pass it on, they will protect their family, they will protect their community, and for me that is really important. it is important that we are making this as popular as it can be really for everyone to take. that was matron may parsons, who gave that firstjab to maggie keenan, who is 91 next week. if you missed it earlier. the second person who got the vaccine was called william shakespeare from warwickshire, which i think isjust tremendously british. it is not a joke. you will have to remember those names for pub quizzes for yea rs those names for pub quizzes for years to come. maggie keenan and william shakespeare. it has been a busy morning. plenty more to come. straight after brea kfast on bbc one is morning live with kym marsh and gethinjones. let's find out what they have coming up on the show. thanks, sally, thanks, dan. we love that about william shakespeare. welcome to morning light. today it isa welcome to morning light. today it is a conversation we have been having for the past four years. but we are still not clear on a deal. so
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dowden from strictly will be revealing a dance and give her the strength to battle her debilitating crohn's disease. see you at 9:15am. see you both and. kevin sinfield is on the way. he will be the first guest we will have in the studio since march. i can tell you kevin sinfield is in the building. he is about to stroll in here. we will have a good chat with him. we will be sharing some of the many messages you have been sending to him via us in the last few days. time now to get the news, travel and weather where you are. good morning, i'm asad ahmad. a number of residents in camden say they're having to live with noise, dust and even rats, as a result of the nearby construction for the hs2 rail link. there are 175 people who live next to the euston site, who argue that the work is making their lives unbearable. it's absolutely horrendous. it's just a nightmare on a daily basis.
you are just surrounded by it, it's like living on a building site. surrounded by the noise and the dust, and the just continuous drone of machinery, construction machinery. camden council says it's looking for funding from government to rehouse the residents. the government tells us it's working to find a solution. the royal mint has launched a commemorative coin celebrating the career of one of london's most famous singers, david bowie. and they've done it by sending it into space. the coin for the starman and space 0ddity singer was sent to an altitude of over 20,000 miles. the royal mint said it was the first time a uk coin had been sent into space. let's take a look at the travel situation now. faulty trains, signal failures and customer incidents are leading to minor delays on tfl rail, hammersmith & city line and the circle line.
the piccadilly line has minor delays as has the bakerloo line. 0n the roads, the m25 is closed clockwise from junction 16 mao to j17 maple cross because of a serious collision. long delays, queues from j15 ma. in central london, euston road has been closed by police westbound opposite the british library. and there's no service on the woolwich ferry because a shortage of staff. now the weather with kate. good morning. it's another cold, frosty and foggy start this morning. visibility reduced quite considerably in one or two places. the temperature warrants that that fog could freeze. the met office has a yellow weather warning in place for this morning for that fog. it will gradually start to lift.
through the afternoon perhaps lifting a little quicker than yesterday, thanks to a strengthening breeze. temperatures still quite cold today, between three and six celsius the maximum. into this evening and overnight we'll get an early minimum temperature. the temperature drops quite quickly when the sun sets. then we'll see this rain moving through, a band of rain. that actually means the temperature will rise by a degree or two by dawn tomorrow morning. minimum temperature, between one and 3 celsius. a rather grey start tomorrow. you might get one or two spots of rain. that should start to clear as we head through the afternoon. watch the temperature. it is slightly higher than it has been for the last few days. less cold as we head towards the end of the week. but turning more unsettled. i'm back with the latest from the bbc london newsroom in half an hour. if you're wondering why i'm standing over here,
it's because we have a guest on the breakfast sofa, ourfirst since march, so i've had to move for social distancing reasons. and if anyone deserves a sit—down right now, it's this man. kev, you have inspired so many of us. i think we'd all like to give you a hug this morning but we can't. we've got a lot to get through with you this morning. good morning! how are you feeling, day eight, after seven days of seven marathons? feeling great, if you had said to me at the start this is how i would feel on day eight, i would have snapped your hand. massively overwhelmed. the team we have put together has had a wonderful week, could not have done any better. to
runa could not have done any better. to run a couple of days in leeds was brilliant. to be back home especially yesterday was great.” came to watch you on saturday, this is the first of two marathons in leeds, there was a lovely moment when you ran past the mural, massive mural of rob burrow‘s face mid—flight, and i don't think at that moment you knew that he was going to be there, what was that like? yawn right, i didn't know. we had just —— you are right, i didn't know. we had just come up to some traffic lights and we had to play froggatt with some cars, and then he appeared. i didn't even know the mural was on the building. throughout the different days, there was a real wave of emotion at times. irana of was a real wave of emotion at times. i ran a of pretty quickly, was a real wave of emotion at times. iran a of pretty quickly, i was a real wave of emotion at times. i ran a of pretty quickly, i gave him weight, i hope he didn't think i had run off without saying anything.
there were some times where i got choked up and it was all down to him. i'm sure it was a blur but don't worry, we have recorded all about it. is it recording? laughter # you've got a friend in me...# well done, kev. you're doing amazing. you've got really fast running legs. to say it's unbelievable is a bit of an understatement. # you got a friend in me...# you're nearly as fast as my dad, but not quite.
laughter # you've got troubles, i've got them too...# i want to remember the good times. i want to try and get away from those dark moments. in its simplest form, i'm just trying to be a team—mate. i know he'd do it for me. # you've got a friend in me.# if we can make their life a little bit better and a little bit more comfortable, that's a really good thing to do. he's incredible, so i think for him to be here today... i had to carry on running. i'd gone past, but i won't let you see me cry, again. # it's me and you, boy.# # you've got a friend in me.# can i update you just a tiny bit? a57,000.
just checked two seconds ago. so yeah, that total is ticking up. that bit's the hard bit. that's why you're doing it. yeah. # you've got a friend in me.# we set out on this all about rob burrow and all about lindsay and the kids and his mum and dad. the support'sjust blown us all away and we've been overwhelmed. the amount of money we've raised, you know, it's going to make a real difference to that mnd community, which is what this is all about. nobody knows how you've done it. now you're doing it. so, if you know, sell it. you'll make another million. thanks very much, kevin. you're just a wonderful person. and we thank you so much. you know what rob means to us, so... rob, we love you very much.
well done, kev. right at the very end, that last shot we saw of you, what was that moment like?l end, that last shot we saw of you, what was that moment like? a lot of relief, i think. what was that moment like? a lot of relief, ithink. it what was that moment like? a lot of relief, i think. it had what was that moment like? a lot of relief, ithink. it had been what was that moment like? a lot of relief, i think. it had been a real challenge, it wasn't something we took lightly. we got into day one and thought, looking at each other saying, wee a bit more than we could chew on this. —— wee bit of a bit more that we can chew. we just had a really good week. the team, the
camaraderie was fantastic and it reminded me being back in the dressing room with rob and that whole group of players who had something really special. to get a text m essa g e something really special. to get a text message of rob, when i woke up every morning, it was wonderful. to get to finish yesterday and do it was great. you didn't run alone, you ran with that team with you the whole time. we have to mention them, lots of people have been asking me, who are the people you will be you? you generally had one or two bytes and at least one other runner? -- bikes? yes, six of us, phil daly, our media manager at the club, run every day. he was probably responsible as well as yourselves for whether funds has got to. chris stevenson with the hat, it was his fault i started running in the first place, he got me into running marathons a couple of years ago.
david spencer who is crouched over there in the white jacket, remarkably, he walked the first six, set off atze for eight —— aam and did them in seven hours because he was injured. and the santas on the bike, because they only put the sa nta bike, because they only put the santa suit on on the last day, darryl rogers, he had done a number of solo marathons and he has always been by my side during marathons. without the group, we would not have got through. 0n without the group, we would not have got through. on top of that we had some guest runners when we were in leeds, jamiejones some guest runners when we were in leeds, jamie jones and jamie peacock, former team—mates, who are tough blokes. i needed it it on day five and a6, they dropped in. our current captain, our number seven at the minute, so he was there. that was a lovely moment. i was going to ask about rob.
as you know, rob and his family have been following your efforts with so much love and pride. we asked them to record a little message for you. kev, we just wanted to send you a little message to let you know how proud we are of you. the money that you have raised will help families like ours with mnd, thank you, we are proud of you. i don't think you would run seven marathons but you did it commi i am proud of you. daddy has a little message for you. 0ne sex, he's doing it. what can i say which hasn't been said already? it's not about the money, it's what you were preparing to put your body through. did you
get that? he said, not all superheroes wear capes, some where snoods. that is the mnd snood that you wore every day. thank you very much for that message. their dad is the reason you did all of this. not just for him but the whole mnd community, that's why you started. absolutely, it completely transformed and stable throughout the week. rob was front and centre and will always be front and centre. but fundraising wise, this club, lindsay, his kids, mum and dad as well, such a beautifulfamily. that changed within a few days, we were very proud to wear the betard number seven on, but also represented the mnd association, i have my badge on today. the work that they deal with
families who are faced with this challenge is unbelievable. throughout the week, i was on a regular zoom each day with families who were fighting this as well. to be able to understand how the mnd community really got behind us, we felt they were with us yesterday. to understand the difference it will make to those families especially running up to christmas, so we provide a little bit of hope.” running up to christmas, so we provide a little bit of hope. i was on one of those calls and that is what they said, the hope that they are clinging onto, which is what they have got from you. when you started this, we had that text message exchange when i you said that he wanted to raise £77,000. let's go to yourjust giving page. 1.8 million so far. yourreaction, kevin? just overwhelmed, blown away.
can't think you guys enough. you have absolutely driven it and got behind it. our team have absolutely driven it and got behind it. 0urteam has have absolutely driven it and got behind it. our team has been wonderful. itjust behind it. our team has been wonderful. it just shows behind it. our team has been wonderful. itjust shows how special rob is, the film you put together was wonderful. the mnd community has got behind us. the amount of families who have been affected by this disease who we aren't aware of and who have lived with it for yea rs, and who have lived with it for years, it's so cruel. i cannot thank people enough. it's been the best week of my life, i've done other fundraising before but never where we have been able to provide some hope and an amount of money which will hopefully change things. we will hopefully change things. we will let you take a breath, don't go anyone. —— anywhere. rob's dad geoff
joined us, how are you this morning? good morning, sally, good morning, kevin. i'm fine, thank you. welcome to sunny castleford. i have just been listening to the words of the children, and then rob at the end, he kept saying to us yesterday, the money, what can you say? it's absolutely unbelievable. apart from rob's personal point of view, it's what kevin has put his body through for him. that means billions, billions. and to us as well. we are a family, you know, we wish we weren't in this place. but hopefully with the 1.8 million that kevin has raised so far, hopefully, it shouldn't be about money but hopefully that will be a massive step nearer to finding a cure.
research is being done by the motor neurone disease association and many others, let's find a cure, that will be the next milestone and that's what we keep telling rob. kevin, i couldn't contact you last night because i was emotional and i know you were because i was emotional and i know you were shattered and busy. i did text your father and he texted me back. but i'll never stop saying it, thank you. what would you like to say to geoff? ijust hope... go on, geoff. i just say to geoff? ijust hope... go on, geoff. ijust want say to geoff? ijust hope... go on, geoff. i just want to say, say to geoff? ijust hope... go on, geoff. ijust want to say, i hope the money that has been raised by kevin, ijust hope that, i know there's a lot of things going on in there's a lot of things going on in the world with covid, but it would be nice if the government would match that money. and i hope and
pray that that will be the final step towards a cure. i want to say thank you to all the kindness you have shown to our team here, you have shown to our team here, you have been incredible, you, your wife and kids, thank you very much indeed. i have got a little bit more good news coming, because, stay there, don't go anywhere, kev. you have a few more people i think who have a few more people i think who have some words to say about our kev. as you well know, so many people have been inspired by your example and your relationship with rob. talking about leadership and a lack of leadership, you have been so loyal through all this and it has inspired a lot of people. many people who have been directly
affected by motor neurone disease have got in contact with us this week and maybe they didn't even know much about you or rub beforehand that they wanted to say this to you this morning. hey, kevin, it's andrew and freya nixon here. congratulations on achieving your seven marathons in seven days. you've really inspired me and my dad to get out on the road. we've been sharing a link every day to raise money for mnd. the charity is very close to our heart. sadly it took the life of my dad two and a half years ago. and you have been raising the profile of the charity, the help and support it offers everyone, and really, really promoting a positive message, thank you again. hi, there, my name is helen box. i've always had an interest in rugby league and back in the day my brother and i used to travel up to watch bradford bulls versus leeds rhinos. i have been watching the rob burrow coverage on bbc breakfast. mnd is a truly awful illness. i've seen it first hand with the volunteering work i do at the hospice. i see how it affects not only the patient but it affects their family
and their friends. it's been truly inspiring to see everybody pulling together for rob, and to watch what kevin has done over the last seven days, seven marathons in seven days is truly inspiring. it really puts my five kilometre lunchtime run to shame. you are truly inspirational, rob, keep on fighting, and because of watching all of this, it's inspired me to become a local volunteer at the mnd local association group. keep on fighting, rob, everyone is behind you. and kev, you are a true hero and a real friend. morning, breakfast, my name isjules and i lost my father to motor neurone disease in 1985. it was a terrible, devastating blow for us as a family and i'd just like to say to kevin, a big thank you for all the awareness and money that he has raised four people suffering
from this terrible disease that obviously there is no cure for. thank you, kevin. you are a hero. hi, kevin, my name is tina. my son scott got diagnosed aged just 16 ofjuvenile motor neurone disease. after fighting such a courageous battle, he sadly passed away at onlyjust18 years old. what you have done for your friend rob burrow and the rest of the mnd community is nothing short of amazing. you have shown such massive effort to raise awareness for the mnd. thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, and i hope now you can put your feet up and have a good rest. thank you. hi, kevin, my name is trish. my husband david was diagnosed with mnd in 2018. as a result, he had to medically retire from work as a lawyer and i became his full—time carer. it quickly became apparent that we needed to sell our home in saddleworth so we moved to north wales to be
closer to family. sadly, david passed away after seven short weeks here. i just wanted to say thank you, kevin, for not only raising vital funds for mnd research, but also for raising awareness of this brutal disease. amazing, really touching, so many people have contacted us this week wanting to pass on messages to you. we're joined now with someone else who we have spoken to a lot, the great doddy weir, and also chris james from the motor neurone disease association. doddie, always great to talk to you. i'm sure you have got something to say. good morning, dan, sally, kev. ithink something to say. good morning, dan, sally, kev. i think it has been summed up in the programme so far. what an amazing superhero our kev is. i think the story is quite amazing. sally, thank you so much,
your team and especially the bbc, because about a year ago, when you very kindly invited me to join you on your settee on the sports personality awards, if it were not for you, we would not have been together, rob, stephen and i. and i think that story sums it up a little bit, that talking, building a team, is the way forward. and with that and what you have done with rob, just shows you how devastating mnd can be. we have got to remember that injanuary can be. we have got to remember that in january last year, rob was can be. we have got to remember that injanuary last year, rob was able to play a game of rugby and it shows you the impact. and rob has allowed the cameras to follow him. but one thing about rob, whenever you see him, he always has the most amazing
smile. never, ever do you see him without a smile. it's very difficult for the family and the carers, you can see what it means. and what good friends we all have. and kev, to do what you have done is truly amazing. seven marathons in seven days, with the help of the bbc and with the help of nearly 8a,000 other people who have very kindly donated, what you have done is build the most amazing story. and i think it shows, it's a bit... people are talking about mnd and charles are happening in the uk. what a great christmas present this is. -- trials are happening. we will ask about what
the money will be spent on. but i have got to bring you in to speak to doddie because it was meeting doddie and steven with rob that made a big impact on you. absolutely. within two days of rob's diagnosis we were sat in front of doddie in carlisle. they were quite amusing to see, a six foot seven flanker, second row, sorry, doddie! alongside a five foot four scrum half in rugby league. it was a wonderful meeting, the first timel was a wonderful meeting, the first time i ever met doddie but it had a real impact on both of us. inspirational, some wonderful words of advice. the positivity that you gave us, doddie, has stuck with rob ever since. and given him this last few months so i cannot thank you enough. the money is amazing, 1.8 million and rising all the time. chris from the mnd association is with us. give us an idea, explain to our viewers who are invested in this and what kev has done, what
difference the money will make. certainly. ijust difference the money will make. certainly. i just want difference the money will make. certainly. ijust want to say thank you to kevin and his team and everybody for the amazing money they have raised and the awareness on the way they have brought the community together around mnd. it has been absolutely fantastic. one of the great problems we have now is that his work exceeded our expectations in the amount of money he has raised so what we want to do is sit down with kev and rob and his family and think about what the money will do. the thing about mnd is it is not incurable, it is underfunded, we need to take mnd out of the lab and into the clinic, get more trials, new trails and new ways of running trials. that's where we would like to put the money. and also into the ca re to put the money. and also into the care programmes that we run as well, which really help and support families with mnd and people with mnd. it is just
families with mnd and people with mnd. it isjust amazing and we are in all of what kev has done in this support and inspiration he has been to the community. i appreciate you explaining that to us, this will not be the conversation ending with you, promise you that. take care of yourself as well, doddie, lovely to have you on the programme. to come back to you, kev, over 80,000 people donated to this cause, the average of 20 quid. that must be so amazing to think about. it is and to think on tuesday morning we were a bit anxious that we were going to hit 77,000, we set off tuesday with a0 k in the bank going, we might have bitten off more than we can chew physically but have reset the fundraising target too high? we know with covid in what has happened this year, we have been going to the same people for the same fundraising pots. the support has been incredible, thank you. we all want
to thank you for everything you have done and letting us follow you on this journey, the last week has been incredible, watching you do what you have done. 1.8 million this morning, congratulations. you are a superstar, we all love you. let's get the weather now. what an amazing feat, and what amazing feat kevin has as well! and what a beautiful picture sent in this morning from one of our weather watchers. it is that time of year when we ask you to cast your mind back over the last few months and pick your favourite weather watchers picture of the season, 0rton. to do this you go to our website, go to the bottom of the page and click on the bottom of the page and click on the pick of the season link. choose the pick of the season link. choose the one that you like, ten stunning
pictures to choose from. you will find the terms and the privity notice on that link as well. voting closes on sunday 13th of december one minute before midnight. so get cracking, the votes are open now. we also have this this morning, another older weather watcher picture, this is an older one from our library, we do save them and show them later! it is the fog affecting southern and eastern england, the midlands and lincolnshire. some of it is dense but today we expect more of a breeze so moore should lift than yesterday, some of it will list into low cloud. if it sticks, like in east anglia, it will lower the temperature. low pressure dominating, showery rain rotating around it, some will be heavy across parts of northern england and gusty winds, especially with exposure around the coast of scotla nd with exposure around the coast of scotland and northern ireland. for the rest of northern ireland,
sunshine and it will be brightening up sunshine and it will be brightening up as we push further south. the temperature only 2 degrees, but generally seven and eight if you are not under the fog. lower than average for the time of year. the system sinks southwards and eastwards, the temperature will grow up eastwards, the temperature will grow upa eastwards, the temperature will grow up a touch through the night, and we will lose any mist and fog from the south east as the rain arrives. we could see some mist and fog across parts of south—west wales and south—west england. tomorrow that should lift. we have a transient ridge of high pressure coming across us, but later on the next area of france come our way, bringing rain and sinking southwards. to start the day we have showers moving towards the north sea. behind it will dry up and brighten up, we will even see some sunshine. then the weather front spring in some rain across northern ireland, into the wales and south—west of england. some of the
rain could be heavy. temperatures could be higher than today but they will still be below par for the time of year. this evening, tomorrow evening, the rain will sink southwards and thursday is looking drier before more rain arrives on friday. all the playful, every kind of weather you can think of. —— all to play for. we are keeping you busy this morning! i am loving it, it's good. tuesday morning, feels like it is really important, we havejust tuesday morning, feels like it is really important, we have just been talking to kevin sinfield about all the money he has been raising for his friend rob burrow, and also huge news for the vaccine today, the first person in the uk, muggy keenan, 90 years old, has received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. —— maggie keenan. the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. -- maggie keenan. she was the first person in the world to get
this is bbc news with the latest headlines. 90—year—old grandmother, margaret keenan, becomes the first person in the world to receive the pfizer covid—19 jab, following its clinical approval — she was given the vaccine at her local hospital in coventry. it is fine, it was fine. i wasn't nervous at all, it was really good, yeah. she is protecting herself but she is helping to protect the entire country. across the uk this morning that it's happening in scotland, northern ireland and wales and in england, people are having the vaccine for the first time. let us know your thoughts at the