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three to threat level from level three to level four. threat level from level three to level four-— threat level from level three to levelfour. a, �*, a, a, level four. that's the main reason for it today _ level four. that's the main reason for it today and _ level four. that's the main reason for it today and there _ level four. that's the main reason for it today and there are - level four. that's the main reason for it today and there are five - for it today and there are five different threat levels across the uk and we are now at level four. well, now, let's hearthe uk and we are now at level four. well, now, let's hear the statement will stop. good evening. over the past year, we have shown that vaccination is the key to beating covid and that it works. the uk was the first country in the world to administer a vaccine. we delivered the fastest roll—out in europe and we have become the fastest booster campaign, too, with over half a million jabs delivered yesterday alone. these achievements, made possible by the extraordinary efforts of our nhs, including thousands of gps and volunteers vaccinate us, have literally saved countless lives and livelihoods in this country. but i need to speak to you this evening because i am afraid we are now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant, omicron. and
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we must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection to keep our friends and loved ones safe. earlier today, the uk's four chief medical officers raised the covid alert level to four, its second—highest level, because of the evidence that omicron is doubling here in the uk every two to three days. we know from bitter experience how these exponential curves develop. no one should be in any doubt, there is a tidal wave of omicron coming, and i am afraid it is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough to give the level of protection we all need. but the good news is that our scientists are confident that, with a third dose, a booster dose, we can all bring our level of protection back—up. i know there will be some people watching
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who will be asking whether omicron is less severe than previous variants, and whether we really need to go out and get that booster. the answer is yes, we do. do not make the mistake of thinking omicron can't hurt you, can't make you and your loved ones seriously ill. we have already seen hospitalisations doubling in a week in south africa, and we have patients with omicron in hospital here in the uk right now. at this point, our scientists cannot say that omicron is less severe and, evenif say that omicron is less severe and, even if that proved to be true, we already know it is so much more transmissible that a wave of omicron through a population that was not boosted would risk a level of hospitalisation that could overwhelm our nhs and lead, sadly, to very many deaths. so, we must act now.
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today, we are launching the omicron emergency booster national mission, unlike anything we have done before in the vaccination programme, to get boosted now. a fortnight ago, i said we would offer every eligible adult a booster by the end of january. today, in light of this omicron emergency, i am today, in light of this omicron emergency, iam bringing today, in light of this omicron emergency, i am bringing that target forward by a whole month. everyone eligible aged 18 and over in england will have the chance to get their booster before the new year. we have spoken today to the devolved administrations to confirm the uk government will provide additional support to accelerate vaccinations in scotland, wales and northern ireland. to hit the pace we need, we need to match the nhs�*s best vaccination date so far and then beat that day after day. this will require an extraordinary effort and,
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as we focus on boosters and to make this new target achievable, it will mean some other appointments will need to postponed until the new year. but, if we don't do this now, the wave of omicron would be so big that cancellations and disruptions, like the loss of cancer appointments, would be even greater next year. and i know the pressures on everyone in our nhs, from our gps, doctors, nurses to our porters, all of whom have worked incredibly hard, and i thank them for all the amazing work they have done, but i say directly to those of you on the front line, i must ask you to make another extraordinary effort now so we can protect you and your colleagues and, above all, protect your patients from even greater pressures next year. so, from tomorrow in england, we are opening
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up tomorrow in england, we are opening up the booster to every adult over 18 who has had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago. the nhs booking system will be open for these younger age groups from wednesday, and that's the best way to guarantee your slot. but, in some places, you can walk in from tomorrow. we will also assist this emergency operation by deploying 42 military planning teams across every health region, standing up additional vaccine sites and mobile units, extending opening hours so clinics are open seven days a week, with more appointments early in the morning, in the evening at weekends, and training thousands more volunteer vaccinators, and we will set out further steps in the days ahead. it is because of the threat from omicron that i announced on wednesday that we will move to plan b in england, you must wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and, from tomorrow, work from home if you can. from wednesday, subject to a vote in parliament, you will
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need to show a negative lateral flow test to get into nightclubs and some large events if you are not double vaccinated. these measures will help slow the spread of omicron, but we must go further and get boosted now. if you haven't yet had a vaccine at all, then please get yourself at least some protection with a jab as soon as possible. if you have already had your booster, encourage your friends and family to do the same. we are a great country. we have the vaccines to protect our people, so let's do it. let's get boosted now. get boosted now for yourself, for your friends and your family. get boosted now to protect jobs and livelihoods across this country. get boosted now to protect our nhs, ourfreedoms and our way of life. get boosted now. thank you very much.
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you are watching a bbc news special with the prime minister delivering an address to the nation from number ten on the kronecker booster programme. borisjohnson said the uk is facing an emergency in the battle with the new omicron variant of coronavirus, with infections doubling every two to three days. so he is bringing forward by a month the target for all those who may be eligible for a booster jab the target for all those who may be eligible for a boosterjab to get vaccinated. by the end of the year, everyone eligible aged 18 and over in england will have a chance to get their booster. he said he had spoken to the devolved administrations to confirm the uk government will provide additional support to accelerate vaccinations in scotland, wales and northern ireland, to hit the new target. jim reid is here. borisjohnson in that address admitted the nhs would have to match its best vaccination day so far in the pandemic and beat that every day. this is a huge undertaking.
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make no mistake, it's quite significant, the acceleration of the booster alert in england, with the prime minister saying extra resources would be given to scotland, wales and northern ireland, to accelerate their own lead. in england, he is talking about bringing forward a target from seven weeks to three weeks, so the previous target was to offer everyone a boosterjab who was eligible, adults who were eligible, by the end of january. now they say they want to get those jabs into peoples charms by the end of the year, seven weeks condensed into three. that is going to be difficult. looking at the numbers, thatis difficult. looking at the numbers, that is 80 million people, we think, they would have to jab in 19 days before the end of the year, so that's roughly a million people a day. yesterday, a pretty good day for boosters, but it was only 483,000, so they will have to double that to hit that target. how will they do that? more military planning teams, more sites, more mobile units, more hours, more volunteers.
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jim reid, our health correspondence. there will be more reaction and analysis on the bbc news channel throughout the evening, and full coverage in an extended late evening news with me here on bbc one at 10:10pm. until our health correspondent, jim reed, is with me. so, military planners. the army are involved? ., so, military planners. the army are involved? . ., , involved? there are 42 military ”lannin involved? there are 42 military planning teams _ involved? there are 42 military planning teams across - involved? there are 42 military planning teams across england | planning teams across england talking — planning teams across england talking about and all importantly they are — talking about and all importantly they are talking about more gps giving _ they are talking about more gps giving jabs and he said, boris johnson — giving jabs and he said, boris johnson in that announcement that we should _ johnson in that announcement that we should prepare ourselves for some consultations to be postponed as a result_ consultations to be postponed as a result because there's already a lot of pressure — result because there's already a lot of pressure on gps at the moment and if you _ of pressure on gps at the moment and if you asking _
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of pressure on gps at the moment and if you asking those people to also be involved in this vaccination roll-out — be involved in this vaccination roll-out to— be involved in this vaccination roll—out to a greater degree, something has to give and he admitted that there would have to be some operations, some procedures and treatments _ some operations, some procedures and treatments cancelled as a result. with a _ treatments cancelled as a result. with a waiting list already huge as a result of the pandemic so far. is there a real sense now that pressure is beginning to build on the nhs? we already know the nhs is under some pretty— already know the nhs is under some pretty serious pressure going into the winter— pretty serious pressure going into the winter and there's been a backlog — the winter and there's been a backlog of elective surgery that has built up— backlog of elective surgery that has built up over the pandemic everything from cataract operations to hip _ everything from cataract operations to hip replacements that has been done _ to hip replacements that has been done that— to hip replacements that has been done that needs to be done and at the same — done that needs to be done and at the same time doctors are telling us in hospitals — the same time doctors are telling us in hospitals that they are dealing with people coming through that are more _ with people coming through that are more poorly than they were before the pandemic and perhaps they haven't— the pandemic and perhaps they haven't seen a doctor or gp for a couple _ haven't seen a doctor or gp for a couple of— haven't seen a doctor or gp for a couple of years so they have to deal with all— couple of years so they have to deal with all of— couple of years so they have to deal with all of that stuff at the moment plus this _ with all of that stuff at the moment plus this possible wave of omicron infection— plus this possible wave of omicron infection is— plus this possible wave of omicron infection is coming through and the one thing _ infection is coming through and the one thing we don't know at the moment— one thing we don't know at the moment is— one thing we don't know at the moment is how well the vaccines will
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hold up— moment is how well the vaccines will hold up against severe disease and infection— hold up against severe disease and infection and other sleep we hope they still— infection and other sleep we hope they still work very effectively and all of _ they still work very effectively and all of the — they still work very effectively and all of the signs are that will be the case — all of the signs are that will be the case but the problem is it if you have — the case but the problem is it if you have any big increase in infections _ you have any big increase in infections it might reach people by chance _ infections it might reach people by chance in— infections it might reach people by chance in the vaccine has worked well or— chance in the vaccine has worked well or they might not be vaccinated or they— well or they might not be vaccinated or they might not be vulnerable and that is— or they might not be vulnerable and that is the _ or they might not be vulnerable and that is the concern that high numbers— that is the concern that high numbers of infections willing crease hospitalisations if it's working well_ hospitalisations if it's working well and _ hospitalisations if it's working well and protecting people from that _ well and protecting people from that. ., , . ., , well and protecting people from that. ., , . ., that. yet no further restrictions on to of that. yet no further restrictions on tap of this — that. yet no further restrictions on top of this. despite _ that. yet no further restrictions on top of this. despite raising - that. yet no further restrictions on top of this. despite raising the - top of this. despite raising the threat level from level three to level four, no further restrictions on what has already been announced in the last week or so. it is interesting _ in the last week or so. it is interesting to _ in the last week or so. it is interesting to see - in the last week or so. it is interesting to see what - in the last week or so. it is interesting to see what is i in the last week or so. it is interesting to see what is happening across— interesting to see what is happening across the _ interesting to see what is happening across the uk and we had comments from john— across the uk and we had comments from john swinney, that deputy first minister— from john swinney, that deputy first minister in _ from john swinney, that deputy first minister in scotland, suggesting similar— minister in scotland, suggesting similar things that there is now not a justification at the moment for bringing — a justification at the moment for bringing in extra restrictions on bars, _ bringing in extra restrictions on bars, restaurants and the hospitality sector ahead of christmas but again he said he couldn't— christmas but again he said he
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couldn't roll anything out and speaking to the bbc earlier today, representatives of the world, and suggest _ representatives of the world, and suggest there's extra measures before _ suggest there's extra measures before christmas but we don't know when _ before christmas but we don't know when they— before christmas but we don't know when they are, so different parts of the uk, _ when they are, so different parts of the uk, as— when they are, so different parts of the uk, as has been the case over the uk, as has been the case over the last— the uk, as has been the case over the last year almost working at different — the last year almost working at different speeds and at the moment it does— different speeds and at the moment it does not— different speeds and at the moment it does not seem there is likely to be extra _ it does not seem there is likely to be extra restrictions announced ahead _ be extra restrictions announced ahead of— be extra restrictions announced ahead of christmas and instead the focus _ ahead of christmas and instead the focus is _ ahead of christmas and instead the focus is all— ahead of christmas and instead the focus is all on this booster roll-out _ focus is all on this booster roll—out and trying to get jabs into peoples _ roll—out and trying to get jabs into peoples arms because all of the evidence — peoples arms because all of the evidence is showing, as boris johnson — evidence is showing, as boris johnson said, that two doses, not working _ johnson said, that two doses, not working brilliantly at stopping infection and three doses seems to work more — infection and three doses seems to work more effectively but the big caveat _ work more effectively but the big caveat is — work more effectively but the big caveat is that we don't know what impact _ caveat is that we don't know what impact the — caveat is that we don't know what impact the vaccines will have on severe _ impact the vaccines will have on severe disease and stopping people and preventing people from losing their lives— and preventing people from losing their lives and until we know that they are — their lives and until we know that they are taking this precautionary principle — they are taking this precautionary rinci - le. , they are taking this precautionary --rincile., ., , they are taking this precautionary --rincile. . , ., ., principle. jim, many thanks for that. let's speak now to paul hunter,
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professor in medicine at the university of east anglia. good evening to you and thanks for being with us. the government clearly at the moment is putting all of its eggs in the booster programme basket, as it were hunter vaccinations, no more tighter restrictions. does it make sense to you? restrictions. does it make sense to ou? . , ~' restrictions. does it make sense to ou? . , ,, you? absolutely. i think the booster vaccine campaign, _ you? absolutely. i think the booster vaccine campaign, the _ you? absolutely. i think the booster vaccine campaign, the evidence - you? absolutely. i think the booster vaccine campaign, the evidence is l vaccine campaign, the evidence is very clear that this is going to be what makes the difference and if we can get the booster campaign out as rapidly as the prime minister seems to be suggesting, that will go a long way to reducing the impact, the negative impact on the health service and certainly a lot more effective at this stage an increasing restrictions. i will . uote increasing restrictions. i will quote what _ increasing restrictions. i will quote what the _ increasing restrictions. i will quote what the prime - increasing restrictions. i will. quote what the prime minister increasing restrictions. iwill quote what the prime minister said, that they are the nhs will have to match its best vaccination day in the pandemic and beat it day after
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day to reach the target of december the 31st. do you think it is achievable? i the 31st. do you think it is achievable?— the 31st. do you think it is achievable? ~' , . ., achievable? i think it is. we have certainly seen — achievable? i think it is. we have certainly seen impressive - achievable? i think it is. we have i certainly seen impressive roll-outs certainly seen impressive roll—outs of vaccines already in the last year and i think with the role of the military, the military, throughout the course of the pandemic have achieved a lot in helping people to plan such rapid deployments of activities so i think we have a pretty good chance, but that's not going to be easy and i think what we need to do is make sure that people come forward and what i would say is that the one area of anxiety is that in the rush to get the booster out we must not forget the more vulnerable people who might be struggling to get to vaccination clinics and may not find it easy to book online and these are the people who are most vulnerable to severe disease, so yes, we have to roll it
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out for the population but we cannot let our more vulnerable people slip through the safety net. 50 let our more vulnerable people slip through the safety net.— let our more vulnerable people slip through the safety net. so you have to have mobile _ through the safety net. so you have to have mobile units _ through the safety net. so you have to have mobile units everywhere. i to have mobile units everywhere. indeed, yes. to have mobile units everywhere. indeed. yes-— to have mobile units everywhere. indeed, yes. there is the caveat as our health — indeed, yes. there is the caveat as our health correspondent - indeed, yes. there is the caveat as our health correspondent was - indeed, yes. there is the caveat as i our health correspondent was telling our health correspondent was telling our viewers that we are not entirely sure of the impact that vaccines have on omicron at the moment, are we? ~ ., have on omicron at the moment, are we? . . ., have on omicron at the moment, are we? ~ ., ., , have on omicron at the moment, are we? ~ ., .,, ., have on omicron at the moment, are we? ., ., , we? we are not sure about the impact of two doses — we? we are not sure about the impact of two doses of— we? we are not sure about the impact of two doses of vaccine _ we? we are not sure about the impact of two doses of vaccine on _ we? we are not sure about the impact of two doses of vaccine on severe - of two doses of vaccine on severe disease outcomes. with the the booster dose, we have very good evidence that it is highly protective compared to people who have not had a vaccine and much more protective, so it if his stopping illness it is stopping severe disease and the issue is, what about all of the others who have had just two doses or have not had any dose
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but have had a covert, which will also provide some degree of protection, but we don't quite know how well that protection will work against severe disease and covid and we hope it will still be maintained to a large extent and i think there is some evidence to support that but it is far from clear. irate is some evidence to support that but it is far from clear.— it is far from clear. we will leave it is far from clear. we will leave it there. thank _ it is far from clear. we will leave it there. thank you _ it is far from clear. we will leave it there. thank you very - it is far from clear. we will leave it there. thank you very much i it there. thank you very much indeed, professor. let's speak now to the shadow health secretary, labour's wes streeting. good evening and thanks for being with us. what do you make of what the prime minister had to say? the vaccine and — the prime minister had to say? tue: vaccine and boost the prime minister had to say? t'te: vaccine and boost in the prime minister had to say? tt2 vaccine and boost in particular is the most important tool we have in the most important tool we have in the fight against covid 19 and against this new omicron variant in particular and we've been calling on the government to put rockets under the government to put rockets under the booster campaign and what the prime minister has announced, that
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ambition to get every adult vaccinated by the end of december is one we can get behind and clearly the prime minister, to put it mildly, and entirely trusted voice in the country the moment so its contingent on all of us to get the message across to help get behind the booster campaign and get britain boosted by the end of december. but no further restrictions. given that a number of hospitals are already taking in patients who have been infected with the omicron variant and given that the threat level has been raised from three to four, the nhs could be under enormous stress in the next three or four weeks, so would you have expected further restrictions, perhaps? irate would you have expected further restrictions, perhaps?— restrictions, perhaps? we are watchin: restrictions, perhaps? we are watching the _ restrictions, perhaps? we are watching the numbers - restrictions, perhaps? we are. watching the numbers carefully restrictions, perhaps? we are - watching the numbers carefully and listening to what the chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser tallis and we want people to enjoy christmas safely in the house of commons will be voting on some additional measures this week which labour will support in the national
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interest but this is something we have to keep under review but we want people to enjoy christmas and the single most important thing that any of us can do is to get ourselves vaccinated to take up the availability of the booster by the end of the month and i have mine coming up this week and that is the single most important thing we can do to avoid actually having to make further sacrifices that impact on our lives and livelihoods and liberties. t our lives and livelihoods and liberties. ., , our lives and livelihoods and liberties. . , ., liberties. i have my booster a coule liberties. i have my booster a couple of _ liberties. i have my booster a couple of weeks _ liberties. i have my booster a couple of weeks ago. - liberties. i have my booster a couple of weeks ago. but - liberties. i have my booster a couple of weeks ago. but are | liberties. i have my booster a - couple of weeks ago. but are you convinced that the nhs is able to mmp convinced that the nhs is able to ramp up, gp surgeries, football stadiums, mobile clinics and so are, ramping up to bring forward this deadline to the end of the year? what the nhs is proposing to do is unprecedented and we've never had a millionjobs a day in unprecedented and we've never had a million jobs a day in this country and that's the kind of ambition set out but i wouldn't bet against the nhs and there are remarkable people
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who and there are remarkable efforts to get it done. it will be a huge effort and there is no doubt about that, but we can all play our part in getting behind the effort of taking up the availability of the booster and supporting the nhs in the coming weeks because as well as safeguarding ourselves and the people around us and the people we care about, this is also crucial to protect the nhs because we know omicron will peak sometime in january and even if a smaller proportion of people with omicron end up in hospital, if a huge chunk of the population have omicron by definition there would be a significant number of people presenting at hospitals at what will be a busy time anyway with the usual winter pressures, so that is why we have to play our part in this and there is one organisation that can do it and that is the nhs. and you and labour will be backing the
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government's proposals for new restrictions this week in the commons? we will. clearly boris johnson has political problems with his own backbenchers on the numbers will be hanging in the balance without labour support and we won't play party politics with this animal but public health first as the country would expect us to do so we will be voting for measures this week and i understand people are up with the prime minister and he is not the person that people vertically want to hear lectures from our new rules, but ultimately let's put him and his misconduct and misdemeanours to one side and remember what this is all about which is making sure we protect ourselves and the ones we love and protect the nhs in the face of this terrible variant which is spreading rapidly and the numbers are quite alarming at this stage and are set to accelerate further and that is why the measures are necessary and will help us to slow the spread. i understand why people are angry at borisjohnson. you don't have to trust boris johnson,
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borisjohnson. you don't have to trust borisjohnson, i don't but i trust borisjohnson, i don't but i trust the chief medical officer and the chief scientific adviser and the nhs. irate the chief scientific adviser and the nhs. ~ ., ., nhs. we will leave it there and thanks for— nhs. we will leave it there and thanks forjoining _ nhs. we will leave it there and thanks forjoining us. _ nhs. we will leave it there and thanks forjoining us. a - nhs. we will leave it there and thanks forjoining us. a couple | nhs. we will leave it there and i thanks forjoining us. a couple of statements coming into us from nicola sturgeon, first minister of scotland who says that scotland, she can confirm is carrying out urgent work to further accelerate the roll—out of the booster vaccination programme in scotland and the country already has the highest proportion of over 12 population protecting the booster or third doses of the uk nations but now urgent efforts are being made to step up the pace further with the aim of offering a boosterjab appointment to all eligible adults by the end of the year, if possible and borisjohnson in his statement to the nation a little earlier made it clear that the uk government would be offering help to the
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that target. we've also had a statement from the welsh first minister, mark drakeford, saying we learn more about omicron and the variant every day and this is a fast moving form of coronavirus which has the potential to cause a large wave of infection in wales and could lead to large numbers of people needing hospital treatment at a time when the nhs is under significant pressure. our best defence continues to be vaccination and emerging evidence shows the booster dose is vital. so, to statements from two of the devolved leaders, nicola sturgeon and mark drakeford making it clear that they are pushing to accelerate the booster programmes in their respective countries to try and meet the deadline overall for the uk and borisjohnson outlined this in the statement of the nation earlier of getting everyone eligible who can get a boosterjab to get thatjob by the end of the year. so let's get the political perspective
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and chris mason is here with us. this is a lot of pressure for the nhs. ., ., , ., this is a lot of pressure for the nhs. ., ., ,., , ,, this is a lot of pressure for the nhs. ., ., , ., , ,, ., nhs. huge amounts of pressure, a colossal logistical _ nhs. huge amounts of pressure, a colossal logistical exercise, - colossal logistical exercise, halving the time in which to deliver the millions ofjobs the prime minister has offered to people by new year's eve and in just a couple of weeks' time. and i think the curiosity with the format of what we saw, a recorded statement we played out at eight pm, recorded in downing street a couple of hours before is that the obvious questions we as journalist would have asked had it been the conventional news conference format could not be asked, not least what it means around restrictions, and do you think that further restrictions will be necessary. it was striking, looking further down and nicola sturgeon saying that you were alluding to a few moments ago, that she says given the expected volume of cases, it was possible that protective measures or advice will
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be necessary and clearly what further proportion of protective measures are, who knows and we are due to hear about this in the scottish parliament in the cabinet meeting and i notice from the devolved leader statements in wales and scotland they don't explicitly commit themselves to the same timetable in terms of offering the jabs. timetable in terms of offering the 'abs. ., timetable in terms of offering the 'abs. . . , timetable in terms of offering the 'abs. . ., , ., ., jabs. that was the ambition from nicola sturgeon _ jabs. that was the ambition from nicola sturgeon by _ jabs. that was the ambition from nicola sturgeon by the _ jabs. that was the ambition from nicola sturgeon by the end - jabs. that was the ambition from nicola sturgeon by the end of - jabs. that was the ambition from | nicola sturgeon by the end of the year. yes, i guess we wait for the to address it on camera in the way the prime minister had and the prime minister said he was in coordination with the devolved governments about the roll—outs. but this is significant and the line from the prime minister, it took us back to those memories we have of the lock downs of the past and we are now facing an emergency and again, i think we should reflect that we've got used to it in the last couple of years, but as you know from your years, but as you know from your years injournalism it's rare that a prime minister makes a national
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address on prime—time television and clearly he has concluded given the scale of the statistics that it was a necessary thing to do. keir starmer hasjust a necessary thing to do. keir starmer has just put out a statement saying that everybody must get boosted as soon as you can and there is a cross—party consensus that this is a cross—party consensus that this is the way forward but the prime minister faces a difficult vote in the next few days this week over the other restrictions he announced earlier. he other restrictions he announced earlier. ., , ., , ., earlier. he has not even put into law the move — earlier. he has not even put into law the move to _ earlier. he has not even put into law the move to plan _ earlier. he has not even put into law the move to plan b - earlier. he has not even put into law the move to plan b which . earlier. he has not even put into i law the move to plan b which was announced prior to the statement this evening and that vote is coming up this evening and that vote is coming up on tuesday and is more than one vote because there will be four in total and free on plan b and extending the face mask regulations allowing people who have come into contact with positive cases do not self isolate if they test themselves negative every day and then crucially this controversial issue from conservative backbenchers
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around the notion of a covid passport and showing your vaccine statement or a negative test to get into a nightclub. those votes on tuesday are significant but they will go through with labour support. 0k, will go through with labour support. ok, chris, thank you very much. you are watching bbc news. it was noticeably mild across the country but vertically for england and wales and now we look to the north—west through the evening and overnight and this deep area of low pressure and this vigorous system passing from the north—west of the uk will bring a spell of gales to northern ireland and into scotland as well, stormy conditions for the hebrides and northern but severe gales and blustery showers and it will turn drier by the end of the night before england wales it will stay cloudy with outbreaks of rain and mild in the south, double—figure values and a bit cooler further north and that's how things look into monday and we will continue
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with persistent rain and into northern england with some areas wet all day, and the brightest weather will be across scotland and northern ireland and wintry on the hills but it will be mild across the south and single figures across the north. that weather front clears away into tuesday and it builds in here and it stays unsettled for the northern half of the country with lots of isobars and whether france, so windy in northern ireland and rainy for the north and west of scotland. england and wales close to the area of high pressure and some cloud around but some good spells of sunshine. it should bejust around but some good spells of sunshine. it should be just above the seasonal norm. as we head out on tuesday and wednesday we continue to see high pressure across the south of the country and it settled with light winds but is windy across the northern half the country with further out breaks of rain thanks to the weather front and wet weather in northern ireland, certainly for northern and western scotland and maybe some brightness in times and
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it stays windy, lighter winds in the south and again variable cloud and some good spells of sunshine and the temperature is perhaps a bit higher and into double—figure values for most and i have to emphasise that the knights will be milder and frost free for most of us. be on wednesday we see the area of high pressure and it will start to take its force across the uk and that will push the whether friends away from the north and it will be sitting on top of the country by friday and into the following weekend so it means the winds will turn lights of a chance it will turn grey and gloomy by the end of the week, turning colder as we head into the new weekend and we will see some problems with mist and fog.
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hello — this is bbc news. the headlines... the prime minister pledges every adult in england will be offered a coronavirus booster vaccine by the end of this month in response to what he calls an emergency in tackling the virus. there is a tidal wave of omicron coming and i'm afraid it is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough. borisjohnson says a massive increase in the booster programme is needed across the uk, but admits appointments will be postponed to make it happen. he made a televised address as the uk covid alert level is increased to level four, meaning widespread pressure on the health service.
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it comes as the first people in the uk have been hospitalised with omicron. new cases of the variant are up 65% the last 24 hours. elsewhere, the political pressure mounts on borisjohnson. he's facing a possible rebellion from his mps over covid rules and fresh questions about christmas gatherings at downing street last year. in other news, emergency teams continue the search for survivors in six us states after tornadoes leave more than 90 people dead. max verstappen is confirmed as the 2021 formula one world champion, after stewards dismiss a protest by lewis hamilton's team mercedes, following last—lap drama in abu dhabi. they intend to appeal again.
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