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The Latest: EU secures 300 million more doses of vaccine

The Latest: EU secures 300 million more doses of vaccine

Health
BRUSSELS — The European Commission has secured 300 million extra doses of the coronavirus Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.Speaking during a news conference in Brussels on Friday, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the agreement will double the number of doses ordered by the 27-nation bloc. The EU commission later said in a statement that the Commission has proposed to member states to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the vaccine, with the option to acquire another 100 million doses.“This would enable the EU to purchase up to 600 million doses of this vaccine, which is already being used across the EU. The additional doses will be delivered starting in the second quarter of 2021,” the EU said.Combined with the contract finalized with Moderna — the second vaccine auth...
UK secures two million more Moderna jabs as new vaccine minister appointed

UK secures two million more Moderna jabs as new vaccine minister appointed

Technology
The government has secured an additional two million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which trials suggest has a 95% effectiveness.The announcement came as the government appointed a minister, Nadhim Zahawi, responsible for the national deployment of the jabs. Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around world Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Moderna vaccine: 'No evidence of waning immunity' The total number of Moderna vaccine doses on order from the US pharmaceutical company is now seven million - enough...
Khan warns Londoners council tax could have to rise as TfL secures £1.8bn bailout

Khan warns Londoners council tax could have to rise as TfL secures £1.8bn bailout

Business
Sadiq Khan has warned Londoners their council tax bills could have to rise because of the "draconian" conditions attached to a £1.8bn government bailout of Transport for London (TfL).The capital's transport body said the agreement will enable it to continue operating until the end of March 2021. The exact amount of money involved will be subject to passenger revenue in the coming months. Image: Sadiq Khan said the agreement was 'not ideal'. File pic It follows discussions between the Department for Transport and TfL, which is chaired by Mr Khan, to secure a six-month funding deal and prevent the collapse of the capital's bus and Tube networks.The mayor said the deal was "not ideal" but he fought hard to get to the "best possible place...
Uber secures right to continue operating in London

Uber secures right to continue operating in London

Business
Uber has secured its right to continue operating in London after a judge upheld its appeal against Transport for London (TfL).The ride-hailing giant will be granted a new licence to work in the capital, nearly a year after TfL rejected its application over safety concerns.It ends uncertainty for the 45,000 drivers who use the taxi app in London.Westminster Magistrates' Court said Uber was now a "fit and proper" operator "despite historical failings".One of the main concerns raised by TfL was a flaw in Uber's system that allowed unauthorised people to upload their photographs to legitimate drivers' accounts, which then allowed them to pick up passengers.Westminster Magistrates' Court heard that 24 drivers shared their accounts with 20 others which led to 1...
Green secures rescue deal for Topshop empire

Green secures rescue deal for Topshop empire

Business
Sir Philip Green's Arcadia retail empire has been saved by a rescue deal that will trigger the closure of 48 stores and a thousand jobs.The plan, covering stores including Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Wallis, was approved by Arcadia's creditors.After a week's delay and five hours of discussion Arcadia's landlords finally agreed to rent cuts, 23 store closures and 520 job losses.Once the plan is in place another 25 stores and 500 jobs will be axed.Ian Grabiner, CEO of Arcadia Group, said he was "confident about the future of Arcadia"."From today, with the right structure in place to reduce our cost base and create a stable financial platform for the Group, we can execute our business turnaround plan to drive growth."What just happe...