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The logo of Google is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File PhotoGoogle (GOOGL.O) has given commitments to Britain's competition regulator over its plan to remove third-party cookies from its Chrome browser, the Competition and Markets Authority said on Friday. read moreThird-party cookies are used by digital advertisers to personalise and target advertising, helping fund online content for consumers, such as from news publishers. The company said it had welcomed the opportunity to work with a regulator on its initiative to reconcile privacy and competition concerns. The CMA said Google's commitments were "substantial and wide-ranging".
Persons: Charles Platiau, Andrea Coscelli, Tim Cowen Organizations: Google, Viva Tech, REUTERS, Markets, U.S, CMA, Preiskel, Thomson Locations: Paris, France
LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) -Billionaire Patrick Drahi’s Altice Group has bought a 12.1% stake worth about 2.2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) in Britain’s BT Group, becoming its largest shareholder. “Altice holds the board and management team of BT in high regard and is supportive of their strategy,” Altice UK, a company formed for the purpose of holding the BT stake, said. The stake puts Altice ahead of Deutsche Telekom, which owned 12.06% of BT based on recent filings, Refinitiv data shows. “Altice UK has informed the BT board that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for BT,” it added. We are making good progress in delivering our strategy and plan,” BT said in a statement following Altice UK’s announcement.
Persons: Patrick Drahi’s, Altice, “ Altice, , , Drahi Organizations: Britain’s BT Group, SFR, BT, Deutsche Telekom, “ Altice, Britain’s, ” BT, Vivendi Locations: PARIS, France, Orange, Switzerland, United States, Israel, U.S
REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoDrahi’s newly-created vehicle Altice UK announced the holding in a statement on Thursday which drove BT’s shares to a 17-month high. Altice UK is owned by Next Alt, dealmaker Drahi’s private holding, which also controls SFR, the second largest telecoms operator in France behind Orange. “Altice holds the board and management team of BT in high regard and is supportive of their strategy,” Altice UK, a company formed for the purpose of holding the BT stake, said. “Altice UK has informed the BT board that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for BT,” it added. Altice UK has ruled itself out of making a full takeover offer for six months by virtue of its statement.
Persons: Patrick Drahi, Rafael Marchante, “ Altice, , , Jefferies, Altice, Drahi, Morgan Stanley Organizations: BT Group, REUTERS, SFR, Orange, BT, “ Altice, Britain’s, Deutsche Telekom, Vivendi Locations: PARIS, Lisbon, Portugal, France, British, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Israel, Europe, Dominican Republic, U.S
UK launches action against Ryanair, British Airways over refunds
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Paul Sandle | Sarah Young | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.84   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) -Britain’s competition authority said on Wednesday it was launching enforcement action against Ryanair and British Airways over their failure to offer refunds to passengers who were barred from taking flights under lockdown rules. During COVID-19 lockdowns across Britain, instead of offering refunds to those legally unable to fly, IAG-owned British Airways offered vouchers or rebooking and Ryanair providing the option to rebook. British Airways said it had acted lawfully at all times. Both airlines said they had offered their customers flexible booking policies and British Airways said it had issued more than 3 million refunds since the beginning of the pandemic. The watchdog’s enforcement action could lead to court proceedings if a company persistently fails to comply with the its directives.
Persons: Andrea Coscelli, ” Coscelli Organizations: Ryanair, British Airways, Markets Authority, CMA Locations: Britain, COVID
Wastewater COVID-testing firm DeepVerge raises funds to drive growth
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) - DeepVerge, a London-listed company that tests wastewater for COVID-19 and also assesses skincare products, has raised 10 million pounds ($14.2 million) to fund expansion. The company priced the new shares at 30 pence, representing a 11.8% discount on the closing price on June 4. It is fitting new technology into its wastewater monitoring units, which number more than 3,000 installed in over 60 countries, to enable real-time detection of COVID and other contaminants, he said. “If the virus is actually there, it’s detected immediately and an alert is made,” he said, adding that real-time detection was about three days faster than sending samples to a lab. Shares in DeepVerge were trading down 3% at 32.5 pence on Monday.
Persons: Gerry Brandon, DeepVerge, Clark, it’s, , Paul Sandle, Michael Holden Locations: London, COVID, Kimberly
Britain's competition regulator cleared a $44 billion merger between broadband company Virgin Media and Telefonica's (TEF.MC) UK mobile network O2 on Thursday, after a months-long review. The companies said the deal, which values O2 at 12.7 billion pounds and Virgin Media at 18.7 billion pounds to give the new group a combined value of 31.4 billion pounds ($44.4 billion) including debt, is expected to close by June 1. The 50:50 joint venture, which will be led by Virgin Media boss Lutz Schüler, will have 11 billion pounds of annual revenue, the two owners said. The CMA had been concerned about the possible impact of the merger on the British mobile market given that both companies sold wholesale services to other operators. However it gave the deal provisional approval last month after concluding that other players offering rival services, such as BT and Vodafone, would maintain competition.
Persons: Martin Coleman, Mike Fries, José Maria Alvarez, Pallete, Lutz Schüler Organizations: Virgin Media, O2, Virgin, Liberty Global, Spain's Telefonica, BT, Britain's, Markets Authority, Telefonica, CMA, that's, Reuters, Vodafone, Thomson Locations: Brazil, Germany, Spain
EasyJet expects to operate about 15% of pre-crisis capacity in the current April-June quarter, it said on Thursday, before returning furloughed crews for a much-anticipated summer surge. "We have the ability to flex up quickly to operate 90% of our current fleet over the peak summer period to match demand," Chief Executive Johan Lundgren said in the airline's results statement. Revenue fell 90% to 240 million pounds on a similarly sharp decline in passenger numbers to 4.1 million. Underlining the summer doubts, the airline gave no firm capacity plan for its July-September fourth quarter. The carrier said its cost-cutting programme was on track to save 500 million pounds this year.
Persons: Johan Lundgren, Eric Gaillard Read, EasyJet's, Bernstein, Daniel Roeska, EasyJet, Lundgren Organizations: Revenue, Airbus, 251N, Nice, REUTERS, Union, Thomson Locations: India, Nice, France, Portugal
REUTERS/Simon DawsonChief Executive Philip Jansen said he was seeking partners to help fund the 15 billion pounds ($21 billion) of investment needed for the rollout. As well as seeking a partner in fibre, BT is in talks about selling a stake in BT Sport, a move that could relieve the pressure of buying expensive rights. A big short-term risk facing BT Sport was removed on Thursday when the Premier League agreed to renew current rights for three years. Revenue fell 7% to 21.33 billion pounds ($30 billion), just shy of analysts forecasts, while adjusted earnings dropped 6% to 7.42 billion pounds. BT said it had struck a new deal for its pension, which at 7.98 billion pounds is one of the biggest in the country.
Persons: Simon Dawson, Philip Jansen, , “ We’ve, Boris Johnson, ” Jansen, Jansen, Organizations: BT, British Telecom, REUTERS, BT Sport, Premier League, ” Broadcasters, ITV, Disney, Revenue Locations: London, Britain
Below are quotes from the Bank’s press conference:GOVERNOR ANDREW BAILEY ON THE SCALE OF THE HIT“However (...) let’s not get carried away. It takes us back by the end of this year to the level of output that we had essentially at the end of 2019 pre COVID. “Put into a longer run context I would say that is not certainly something at all, it’s not at all alarming actually. It’s a point of note and something we watch carefully continually.”BAILEY ON BREXIT:“Early evidence .. suggests that many firms are adjusting to the new arrangements. “It remains too early to judge whether the effects, both in terms of the short-term disruption and the longer-term effects on supply growth are in line with the assumptions underlying the MPC’s forecasts.
Persons: ANDREW BAILEY, let’s, we’ve, ” BAILEY, it’s, BROADBENT, ” BROADBENT, , Kate Holton, Paul Sandle, Sarah Young Organizations: Bank of England, HIT, MPC, LABOUR Locations: Suez, BAILEY
Darktrace prices IPO at 250 pence, valuing firm at $2.4 billion
  + stars: | 2021-04-30 | by ( Reuters Paul Sandle | Paul Sandle | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
The valuation is well below the $4 billion which sources had said was the company's original target. The tech company, which was backed by entrepreneur Mike Lynch's Invoke Capital, said the offer comprised 66 million shares, valued at 165 million pounds and representing 9.6% of the capital. Darktrace was funded as a start-up by Invoke, the venture capital firm established by Lynch after software company Autonomy was sold to Hewlett-Packard for $11 billion. Darktracesaid it would raise gross proceeds of about 143.4 million pounds by selling new shares, excluding any over-allotment option, to accelerate product development and strengthen its balance sheet. Other investors in the company included Talis Capital, Hoxton Ventures, Summit Partners, KKR, TenEleven Ventures, Insight Partners, Vitruvian and Balderton Capital.
Persons: Darktrace, Mike Lynch's, Lynch, Poppy Gustafsson Organizations: Autonomy, Hewlett, Packard, HP, London's, U.S, Talis, Hoxton Ventures, Summit Partners, KKR, TenEleven Ventures, Insight Partners, Balderton, London Stock Exchange, Thomson Locations: British, London, Cambridge
LONDON (Reuters) -Alphawave, a Toronto-based silicon IP firm, is planning to list in London to expand the reach of its chip connectivity technology and could be valued at up to $4.5 billion based on cornerstone agreements with two major investors. About $500 million would be raised by issuing new shares, it said, and existing investors would also offer stock. ARM was sold to Japan's Softbank 9984.T in 2016 for $32 billion pounds, 18 years after it listed in London. Last year, Softbank agreed to sell ARM to Nvidia NVDA.O in a $40 billion deal that is being scrutinised by Britain. It will join cybersecurity firm Darktrace in going public, and will follow Deliveroo, whose IPO flopped last month.
Persons: Janus Henderson, Tony Pialis, , Softbank, John Lofton Holt, Lofton Holt, , Alphawave, Morgan Organizations: Cambridge, ARM, Nvidia NVDA.O, Samsung, Intel, London, , Barclays, J.P, BMO Capital Markets Locations: Toronto, London, BlackRock, Cambridge, Britain, New York, Europe, U.S
Deliveroo hails doubling in orders as seeks IPO redemption
  + stars: | 2021-04-15 | by ( Paul Sandle | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) -Deliveroo said a more-than doubling in first quarter orders during coronavirus lockdowns was an initial step in proving itself following the debacle of the food delivery company’s London flotation last month. FILE PHOTO: A Deliveroo delivery rider cycles in London, Britain, March 31, 2021. Deliveroo maintained guidance for full-year GTV growth of 30-40% and gross profit margins of 7.5-8.0%. IPO FLOPDeliveroo’s flotation was supposed to be London’s debut of the decade, but the stock plunged 30% on the first day, wiping more than 2 billion pounds from the company’s initial 7.6 billion pound valuation. The shares were down 2% to 265 pence on Thursday morning, 31% below their IPO price of 390 pence.
Persons: Deliveroo, coronavirus lockdowns, Toby Melville “, Will Shu, ” Shu, , , Takeaway.com, Uber, Shu, “ I’m Organizations: REUTERS, , United Arab, Britain, Waitrose, Aldi, Morrisons, GTV Locations: London, Britain, COVID, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Coop, France, Italy
COVID wipes out 20% of Tesco's pretax profit despite sales surge
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Paul Sandle | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) -Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, reported a 20% drop in full-year pretax profit as the cost of adapting the business for the pandemic wiped out the benefit of “exceptionally strong” sales. The changes cost 892 million pounds in Britain alone, hitting its bottom line, with around a quarter of the extra cost expected to continue this year. Profit before tax came in at 825 million pounds, down 19.7% on the year before. At an operating profit retail level it did however come in above forecasts. Tesco’s three major UK rivals - Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons - have all enjoyed strong sales over the last year, with coronavirus restrictions forcing many people to work from home.
Persons: Peter Cziborra, Ken Murphy, Murphy, Clubcard Organizations: Tesco, Britain’s, REUTERS, , Morrisons Locations: Hatfield , Britain, Britain, Asda
COVID wipes out 20% of Tesco's pretax profit but sales surge
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Paul Sandle | ) www.reuters.com + 0.98   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) -Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, reported a 20% drop in full-year pretax profit as the cost of adapting the business for a pandemic wiped out its “exceptionally strong” sales. But that rapid shift to serving people online cost 892 million pounds in Britain alone, hitting its bottom line. Profit before tax came in at 825 million pounds, down 19.7% on the year before. At an operating profit retail level it did however come in above forecasts. Tesco’s three major UK rivals - Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons - have all enjoyed strong sales over the last year, with coronavirus restrictions forcing many people to work from home.
Persons: Peter Cziborra, Ken Murphy, Clubcard Organizations: Tesco, Britain’s, REUTERS, Morrisons Locations: Hatfield , Britain, Britain, Asda
Tesco sales surge but COVID costs wipe out fifth of pretax profit
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Paul Sandle | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The changes cost 892 million pounds in Britain alone, with around a quarter of the extra spend expected to recur this year. Group revenue excluding fuel rose 7% to 53.4 billion pounds, but pretax profit fell 19.7% to 825 million pounds. At a retail operating level, profit of 1.99 billion pounds beat forecasts. FILE PHOTO: A logo of Tesco is pictured outside a Tesco supermarket in Hatfield, Britain October 6, 2020. UBS said that result would be about 4%, or 100 million pounds, lighter than consensus expectations.
Persons: Ken Murphy, , ” Murphy, Peter Cziborra, Murphy Organizations: Tesco, Britain’s, REUTERS, UBS, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi Locations: Britain, Hatfield , Britain, Asda
LONDON (Reuters) -Darktrace, the British cyber security firm backed by tech entrepreneur Mike Lynch, fired the gun on its $4 billion London listing on Monday, aiming to raise new funds to accelerate product development and strengthen its balance sheet. The technology company, founded in 2013 in the university city of Cambridge, uses AI to understand IT networks and detect attacks by identifying unusual behaviour. A source familiar with the transaction told Reuters earlier this year the company would target a 3 billion pound ($4.1 billion) valuation. Darktrace was an early investment by Lynch’s venture fund Invoke Capital, established after software company Autonomy was sold to Hewlett-Packard for $11 billion. As well as the primary offer, it said there would be a secondary sell-down of shares by existing shareholders.
Persons: Mike Lynch, , Poppy Gustafsson, Lynch, Gustafsson, ” Gustafsson, we’ve, Darktrace, Trustly, Deliveroo Organizations: Reuters, Royce, Autonomy, Hewlett, Packard, HP, London’s, U.S, Investment, UBS, Sky News, Deliveroo, Jefferies, Berenberg, KKR Capital Markets Locations: Cambridge, Madrid, Amsterdam, Stockholm
UK churches celebrate the 'great life' of Prince Philip
  + stars: | 2021-04-11 | by ( Paul Sandle | Kate Holton | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
(Fixes typo in paragraph 2)FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Philip waves to members of the media as he leaves the King Edward VII Hospital in London June 9, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hackett/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - The life of Prince Philip was celebrated at church services across Britain on Sunday, with the Archbishop of Canterbury praying for those who found that the death of Queen Elizabeth’s husband had left a “very great gap” in their lives. Philip, who was officially known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died at Windsor Castle on Friday. The prince will be given a ceremonial royal funeral rather than a state funeral. “Many a family gather and get over tension and broken relationships at the time of a funeral,” he told Times Radio.
Persons: Britain's Prince Philip, King Edward VII, Paul Hackett, Prince Philip, Archbishop, Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth’s, Edward Elgar’s, Nimrod, ” Justin Welby, Philip, Duke, Edinburgh, Buckingham, John Major, , , Andrew Marr, unburden, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Oprah Winfrey, Meghan, Harry, Cardinal Vincent Nichols Organizations: King Edward VII Hospital, REUTERS, Canterbury Cathedral, National Service of, Catholic Church, Wales, Times Radio Locations: London, Britain, Canterbury, Windsor, British, United States, England
LONDON (Reuters) -The death of Britain’s Prince Philip has deprived the nation of its grandfather and left a huge void for his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth, the couple’s second son said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Philip waves to members of the media as he leaves the King Edward VII Hospital in London June 9, 2012. A Greek prince, Philip married Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she ascended to the throne. The prince will be given a ceremonial royal funeral rather than a state funeral. The royal family is observing two weeks of mourning.
Persons: Britain’s Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, Britain's Prince Philip, King Edward VII, Paul Hackett, Andrew, Philip, “ It’s, , , we’ve, Jeffrey Epstein, Canterbury, Duke, Edinburgh, Edward Elgar’s, Nimrod, Elizabeth, Boris Johnson, John Major, HARRY, MEGHAN Major, Princes William, Harry, Diana, Meghan, Oprah Winfrey, ” Major Organizations: King Edward VII Hospital, REUTERS, Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, Royal Navy, National Service of, BBC Locations: London, Windsor, U.S, Windsor Great, British, United States
(Adds quotes from riders, chart, context)April 7 (Reuters) - Deliveroo shares rose on Wednesday, the first day retail investors could trade stock bought during the food delivery group’s initial public offering (IPO), while some of its riders cycled through London to demand fair pay. Deliveroo was given an initial valuation of 7.6 billion pounds ($10.46 billion) through a 390 pence price tag per share. A Deliveroo spokesperson said that in a survey carried out on Tuesday, 88% of riders said they were happy with the company. Antonio De Negri, founder and CEO of London financial boutique Cirdan Capital said the company needed to recoup this lost value. I will ride it to 0 if I have to,” said Sam Elliot, a London-based primatologist who invested 250 pounds.
Persons: Deliveroo, it’s, , Connor Campbell, ” Kerry Hargadon, Jason Bond, Will Shu, Antonio De Negri, , Sam Elliot Organizations: Spreadex, Independent Workers ’ Union of Great, Reuters, Deliveroo, Life, Aviva, Cirdan Capital, Uber Technologies, London Stock Exchange Locations: London, Shoreditch, East London, City, Independent Workers ’ Union of Great Britain, Aberdeen,
LONDON (Reuters) - Deliveroo shares rose on Wednesday, the first day retail investors could trade stock bought during the food delivery group’s initial public offering (IPO), while some of its riders cycled through London to demand fair pay. Deliveroo was given an initial valuation of 7.6 billion pounds ($10.46 billion) through a 390 pence price tag per share. “Though Deliveroo has risen...on the first day of trading available to retail investors, it’s too soon to tell whether this is a vote of confidence in the stock,” said Connor Campbell, an analyst at Spreadex. A Deliveroo spokesperson said that in a survey carried out on Tuesday, 88% of riders said they were happy with the company. I will ride it to 0 if I have to,” said Sam Elliot, a London-based primatologist who invested 250 pounds.
Persons: Deliveroo, it’s, , Connor Campbell, ” Kerry Hargadon, Jason Bond, Will Shu, Antonio De Negri, , Sam Elliot Organizations: Spreadex, Independent Workers ’ Union of Great, Reuters, Deliveroo, Life, Aviva, Cirdan Capital, Uber Technologies, London Stock Exchange Locations: London, Shoreditch, East London, City, Independent Workers ’ Union of Great Britain, Aberdeen,
FILE PHOTO: A Deliveroo scooter driver takes a break between deliveries in London, Britain June 8, 2018. PANDEMIC SURGEDeliveroo has seen demand soar during the pandemic as restaurants were closed for several months of the last year. Its self-employed riders, distinctive in their cyan and white uniforms, have often outnumbered other traffic in cities during lockdown. Deliveroo riders are classed as self-employed contractors and earn a fee for every job. Deliveroo says its riders are self-employed because this gives them the freedom to choose when and where to work.
Persons: Deliveroo, Simon Dawson, Rishi Sunak, , Will Shu, Uber, Andrew Millington, Krzysztof, , don’t, Tim Vasilakis, We’ve, ” Duncan Lamont Organizations: REUTERS, Aberdeen Standard, Aviva, Legal, General Investment Management, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Reuters, London’s, Court, Deliveroo Locations: London, Britain, Simon Dawson British, British, Walthamstow, Shoreditch, Battersea , London
MILTON KEYNES, England (Reuters) - British couple Elizabeth Kerr and Simon O’Brien had been planning to marry in June. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleBoth contracted the disease and were rushed to Milton Keynes University Hospital in the same ambulance when their oxygen levels fell dangerously low. Kerr and O’Brien became so ill that medical staff scrambled to organize a wedding before it was too late. But O’Brien’s condition improved and the newlyweds reunited on a COVID-19 ward where both are gradually recovering, although still receiving oxygen. “We had to wait a few days for our first kiss,” Kerr told Reuters.
Persons: MILTON KEYNES, Elizabeth Kerr, Simon O’Brien, Lizzie Kerr, Simon O'Brien, Milton Keynes, Toby Melville, Kerr, O’Brien, intubate Simon, ” Kerr, , Hannah Cannon, Cannon, ” Cannon, , ” O’Brien Organizations: Care, Milton Keynes University Hospital, REUTERS, Reuters, welling Locations: England, Milton Keynes, Britain, COVID, Buckingham
(Adds detail, background, quotes)LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - England’s lockdown is having some impact in reducing pressure on the National Health Service, education minister Gavin Williamson said on Thursday, as Britain tries to stem a deadly winter wave of the coronavirus. Britain posted a fresh record in daily deaths on Wednesday, figures Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called “appalling”, adding that by reducing infections, the number of deaths should come down too. While deaths have been rising, the number of new cases has fallen from a peak of 68,000 on Jan 8 to 38,000. England’s third national lockdown has seen bars, restaurants and most schools close, and allowing only essential shops to open. But the pandemic is adding to winter pressures on the health service, with the government’s top scientific adviser describing some hospitals as looking like a war zone.
Persons: Gavin Williamson, Boris Johnson, it’s, ” Williamson, Williamson, prioritise, Joe Harrison, , , Michael Holden, Alistair Smout, Paul Sandle, Natalie Thomas, Guy Faulconbridge Organizations: LONDON, National Health Service, Imperial College London, Sky News, Milton Keynes, Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Reuters, Locations: Britain
MILTON KEYNES, England (Reuters) - At Milton Keynes University Hospital in England, it’s a battle between life and death. It is a step down from an intensive care unit (ICU), and severely ill patients there are receiving CPAP oxygen. 39,068 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospitals. INTENSIVE CAREIn the ICU, where all seven patients had COVID-19, the quiet is interrupted by machines bleeping and oxygen pumping. “We believe that over the next week or so, we’re going to continue to see real pressures in our critical care unit,” he said.
Persons: MILTON KEYNES, it’s, Myrtle Grossett, Milton Keynes, Toby Melville, Joy Halliday, Stephen Marshall, , , Halliday, Victorita Andries, Andries, Shamsuddin, Joe Harrison, Geoffrey Winter, Jesus Organizations: Milton Keynes University Hospital, REUTERS, CARE, Reuters, Milton Keynes, Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Locations: England, Britain, London, COVID, United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Brazil, India, Mexico
A woman receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a former nightclub that has been turned into a NHS vaccination centre for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Batchwood Hall in St Albans, Britain, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Paul Childs“Over the last week we’ve vaccinated more people than in the entirety of December, so we’re accelerating the roll-out,” Matt Hancock told BBC TV. Hancock said around 2 million people had already received a first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The current rate is around 200,000 a day, Hancock said. Seven mass vaccination centres will open this week, supplementing almost 1,000 doctors surgeries and hospitals offering shots.
Persons: Paul Childs “, ” Matt Hancock, Hancock, We’ve, , Queen Elizabeth, Philip, Buckingham, Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty, Organizations: COVID, Pfizer, BioNTech, REUTERS, BBC, Oxford, AstraZeneca Locations: Britain, St Albans, Queen, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
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