Coronavirus live: UK lockdown 'long way' from lifting, says Hancock; Israel still seeing cases after first Pfizer jab administered

Health secretary says case rate is still far too high to consider easing restrictions; first Pfizer dose does not immediately prevent infection, says Israeli health minister

11.09am GMT

A GP has described the extended time between doses of coronavirus vaccinations in the UK as an “unregulated and unlicensed trial”.

Dr Rosie Shire, a member of the Doctors’ Association UK, told Sky News that studies of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine show two doses three weeks apart gave 90% immunity.

What really concerns us is we don’t know what happens if you don’t give that second dose of vaccination after three weeks. The fact is that people are being vaccinated now and being put into what is effectively an unregulated unlicensed trial, whereby they’re receiving this vaccination on the understanding that they don’t know what’s going on.”

10.56am GMT

The EU will make pharmaceutical companies respect contracts they have signed for the supply of Covid vaccines, European Council president Charles Michel has said amid growing frustration over significant delays to agreed schedules.

Pfizer last week said it was temporarily slowing supplies to Europe to make manufacturing changes that would boost output. On Friday, AstraZeneca also said that initial deliveries to the region would fall short because of a production glitch.

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