Saturday morning UK press briefing: today’s top Telegraph headlines


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1. The fourth Covid vaccines will not be necessary, according to JCVI experts

The fourth Covid vaccines are currently not needed, government science advisers have said, amid growing evidence that the omicron strain is much milder than previous variants.

On Friday evening, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) announced that booster injections continue to offer high levels of protection against serious illnesses caused by omicron in the elderly, including the most vulnerable. Read the full story.

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2. Louise Minchin: The threats from my stalker were so explicit that I still did not allow my husband to read them.

Louise Minchin has spoken of how the threats sent by her stalker were so explicit that she did not allow her husband to read them, as the former UKTN Breakfast presenter explained for the first time how the ordeal almost caused her to quit her job. Read the full story.

3. Queen to be asked to help pay Prince Andrew’s accuser if the sexual abuse case is settled

The Queen would be asked to help fund any potential settlement the Duke of York pays his accuser, according to the Telegraph.

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The option to reimburse Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who accused the Duke of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, has not been ruled out by her legal team as she faces the prospect of a revealing trial and potentially damaging. Read the full story.

4. Boris Johnson’s private secretary accused of organizing another “lockdown” garden party

The official who runs Boris Johnson’s private office hosted a garden party in May 2020 which is accused of breaking lockdown rules, it emerged on Friday.

Martin Reynolds, the Prime Minister’s senior private secretary, sent an email invitation to the Downing Street Garden rally, three sources told The Telegraph. Read the full story.

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5. Premier League stars who refuse the Covid vaccine could be banned from playing matches

Premier League footballers who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid will effectively be banned from playing certain matches under a rule change pushed by the Ministry of Culture.

Under current rules, elite non-stitched athletes returning to the UK from abroad can break the mandatory 10 days of self-isolation to train or participate in events. Read the full story.

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