PM Boris Johnson says he’s “confident” the new migration partnership with Rwanda is “fully compliant with our international legal obligations” but anticipates it being “challenged in the courts” by “a formidable army of politically-motivated lawyers”.https://t.co/a3jSwzI8ybpic.twitter.com/kvsiowQpBi
From top: US Chief Medical Advisor Dr Anthony Fauci, Sir Jeremy Farrer, director of the Wellcome Trust and a former member of SAGE
Sir Jeremy Farrar, an advisor to SAGE – UK’s NPHET -, who publicly denounced the theory that a lab leak was the ‘likely’ origin of Covid as a ‘conspiracy’, admitted in a private email in February 2020 that a ‘likely explanation’ was that the virus was man-made.
In an email, sent to American health chiefs Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Francis Collins, Sir Jeremy said it was possible Covid had been evolved from a Sars-like virus in the lab. He went on that this seemingly benign process may have ‘accidentally created a virus primed for rapid transmission between humans’.
But the British scientist was shut down by his counterparts in the US who warned further debate about the origins of the virus could damage ‘international harmony’.
He was told by other scientists with links to virus manipulation research that it could cause ‘unnecessary harm to science in general and science in China in particular’.
Sir Jeremy claimed in his emails that other respected scientists also believed the virus could not have emerged naturally. Names included Professor Mike Farzan, the Harvard researcher who first discovered how the original Sars virus binds to human cells.
Despite his concerns, Sir Jeremy went on to sign letters in The Lancet a fortnight later denouncing anyone who believed in the lab leak theory as bigoted.
🚨🚨 | BREAKING: Sajid Javid says vaccine passport will not be valid unless people have had two jabs and a booster, rather than just two jabs, “once all adults have had a reasonable chance to get their booster jab”.
England’s Plan B Covid restrictions – including the introduction of Covid passports requiring all those seeking to access larger venues to show proof of vaccination or a negative test – will go to a vote of MPs this week, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson facing a Tory backbench rebellion of “unprecedented scale”.
Whatever happened to Simon Jenkins?https://t.co/w4DCg9w6X5 Britain is not at war with coronavirus. The phrase and its cognates should be banned. Those who exploit them to heighten panic and win obedience to authority should be dismissed from public office.
Liz Truss replaces Dominic Raab as UK Foreign Secretary
Liz Truss has been appointed foreign secretary, replacing Dominic Raab in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle.
The appointment was confirmed by Downing Street in a tweet shortly after Ms Truss was seen entering No 10.
Her promotion came as it was announced that Michael Gove was being moved to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, with a new cross-government responsibility for Mr Johnson’s “levelling up” agenda.
Dominic Raab has been appointed deputy prime minister after being removed from his role as foreign secretary. Mr Raab has also become the justice secretary and Lord Chancellor in the first appointment of the prime minister’s cabinet shuffle.
Earlier this afternoon, Gavin Williamson was removed as education secretary and Robert Jenrick was ousted as housing secretary.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar arrives for a cabinet meeting at government buildings this morning
Circa 66.9% of ppl 16+ now fully vaccinated in Ireland or roughly 68.9% over 18+. That compares with 70.5% in the UK. We should overtake them in next week or so. Well done @hselive 👏 https://t.co/4SXyBDJJwO