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Government sources have confirmed that Boris Johnson spoke to Marcus Rashford this morning. (See 11.08am.) The PM called to thank Rashford for highlighting the issues around food parcels, they say. They say he said the contents of the parcel widely pictured on social media were “completely unacceptable” and that the government will be addressing the issue.
In his evidence to the Commons science committee earlier Prof Wei Shen Lim, chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), gave some of the figures behind the decision to draw up a priority list based on saving most lives. (See 9.51am.) He said:
In terms of protecting people within a constrained vaccine supply, the estimates are that we have to vaccinate only about 250 people aged over 80 to save one life.
For care home residents, we only need to vaccinate somewhere between 25 to 45 care home residents to save one life.