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Sage considering Covid ‘passports’ for those who have jab

The government’s scientific advisers are divided on the idea of issuing ‘Covid passports’ to people who are vaccinated against the disease. Ian Jones, professor of virology at the University of Reading, who is not on Sage, said that there were compelling reasons not to issue them. People without vaccination may find themselves at a disadvantage in the jobs market and forgery was likely to become a problem, he said. ‘It is tantamount to making the vaccine compulsory, which no other vaccine is’ — Times

Ministers agree UK-wide plan to allow up to four households to mix for five days over Christmas — Telegraph

More than 2,000 adult asylum seekers have been caught lying about their age and pretending to be children, figures reveal — Mail

Matt Hancock gave key Covid role to lobbyist pal — Times

Lockdown ignored as Tynemouth beach and restaurants packed — Express

COMMENT

The British Library only emboldens the cancel-culture absolutists by linking Ted Hughes to slavery — Jane Shilling, Telegraph

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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