UK Covid live: Johnson to make vaccine pledge to poorer nations as he chairs G7 meeting

Latest updates: PM expected to say that the UK will share any surplus vaccines; primary school students to return to class in Wales on 15 March

11.20am GMT

Prof Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, has said it is still not clear how much impact vaccines are having on transmission.

Prof Finn, of the University of Bristol, told BBC Radio 4 there is still insufficient data on “overall transmission within the population”.

They’re people who are already taking quite a lot of precautions to protect themselves and are not mixing that much within the population… It’s the younger age groups who still are, or still have to, in order to work.

11.02am GMT

First Minister Mark Drakeford said there were no plans to reopen gyms in Wales at present due to advice from scientists that the Kent Covid variant made doing so “more challenging” (see his earlier comments from here).

Drakeford told the PA news agency:

The advice that I have seen from our scientific community is that the Kent variant, which is so much more transmissible, makes gyms a more challenging sector to reopen than before the Kent variant took hold. So, I’m afraid there isn’t a prospect that gyms and leisure centres and so on will open by the middle of March, and it may be some while after that before we can safely return to doing so, at least indoors and in the conventional way.

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