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UK Covid live: government defends hotel quarantine plan after warning over risks

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11.07am GMT

The scientist behind the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine says that the time between the first and second dose should not be longer than six weeks, Sky News reports.

BioNTech chief executive Professor Ugur Sahin was responding to the UK’s decision to delay the second dose by up to 12 weeks to allow more people to get a first dose quickly.

As a scientist, I wouldn’t mind if the second dose of the vaccine is given three weeks, four weeks, maybe five weeks, even up to six weeks might still be okay.

But I wouldn’t delay that further. As a scientist I believe that it is not good to go longer than six weeks.

10.56am GMT

A couple face being fined for breaking lockdown rules after being caught “fornicating under the stars” on Dartmoor.

33% of Britons say they’re comfortable with the idea of having sex in the great outdoors including 49% of men but only 17% of women, YouGov reports.

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