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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Tuesday morning UK news briefing: What to expect from Covid winter plan

After the plan to give a single dose of the Pfizer jab to 12 to 15-year-olds was approved yesterday, letters are expected to go to parents this week.

Around three million pupils will be offered vaccinations, with the first for this group expected to take place next week.

What does the science say? Science Editor Sarah Knapton says in this analysis that Professor Chris Whitty’s vague justifications only confuse matters. 

And Education Editor Camilla Turner writes that it might take more than a shot in the dark on vaccinating pupils to end disruption in schools.

Johnson mourns for his mother after death at 79

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is mourning the loss of his mother after she died aged 79. Charlotte Johnson Wahl, a professional painter, died “suddenly and peacefully” at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, yesterday. Mr Johnson described her as the “supreme authority” in his family and credited her with instilling in him the equal value of every human life. She had described her eldest son as “soft-hearted”. Associate Editor Gordon Rayner looks back at her career and family life.

Emma Raducanu serves up fashion at Met Gala

British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu further embellished her global superstar status overnight at the Met Gala – the most prestigious fashion event of the year. The newly crowned US Open champion received a last-minute invitation to the fundraiser in New York, wearing a white and black printed silk twill top and skirt by Chanel. View a gallery of the most dramatic red carpet looks from the event. What next for Raducanu? After support from China, Jim White examines if risks or riches await her.

Daily dose of Matt

  • Today’s cartoon | View Matt‘s latest cartoon on the personal choice of schoolchildren.

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Prince Andrew | The Duke of York’s American lawyer last night described the sexual assault claim filed against him as “baseless, non-viable and potentially unlawful”, as a judge warned him against wasting time on technicalities. Victoria Ward reports how Andrew Brettler told a New York court the Duke had not been properly served the lawsuit.

Around the world: Shroud of mystery in Paris

Bystanders in Paris are puzzled at the Arc de Triomphe being wrapped in a silvery-blue fabric. It is a posthumous tribute to the artist Christo, who wrapped famous buildings to create a new way of seeing the familiar. View more striking pictures of the day in our world gallery.

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