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tonight at ten: the winter plans for tackling covid in england. more vaccinations and the possibility of tougher measures. if the nhs in england starts to struggle, working from home, mandatory face masks, and vaccine passports could be introduced. a boosterjab will be offered to 30 million people across the uk, including the over 50s, healthcare workers, and those with underlying health conditons. covid is still out there. the disease, sadly, still remains a risk, but i'm confident we can keep going with our plan. and it's confirmed that 12 to 15—year—olds in all parts of the uk will be offered one dose of vaccine. we'll be asking if the booster
programme is making the best use of tens of millions of vaccine doses. also tonight... job vacancies throughout the uk have hit a record high, as the economic recovery continues. in afghanistan, we talk to some of the thousands of women who can't return to work and fear for their safety. and ronaldo scores, but it's a tough night for manchester united in the champions league. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel... british relay silver medallist cj ujah returns a positive b sample for banned substances, confirming his initial result from the tokyo olympics. good evening. the plan for dealing with covid during the autumn and winter months in england will involve booster vaccinations for tens of millions of people and reserve powers for mandatory
vaccine passports if they're considered necessary. the prime minister borisjohnson, unveiling the plans in downing street, warned that covid remained a risk. from next week, a third dose of vaccine, a boosterjab, will be offered to 30 million people across the uk, including the over 50s, healthcare workers, and those with underlying health conditons. it's confirmed that 12 to 15 year—olds in all parts of the uk will be offered one dose of vaccine. in england, if the nhs begins to struggle, tougher restrictions could include working from home again, mandatory wearing of face masks and vaccine passports. our first report is by our deputy political editor vicki young and it contains some flashing images. adapting to seasonal change means thinking and planning ahead, especially in a pandemic. knocks at door some things ministers can't control, but the government needs to be ready for the unexpected.
borisjohnson swept away most covid restrictions in england injuly, and for now, he remains confident. the result of this vaccination campaign is that we have one of the most free societies and one of the most open economies in europe, and that's why we're now sticking with our strategy. in essence, we're going to keep going. with this — the vaccination programme. it began with margaret keenan in coventry last december. across the uk, the over—50s and vulnerable adults will be offered a third boosterjab. 12 to 15—year—olds will be eligible for a vaccination, too. ministers hope that will be enough to keep theatres like this... if we go from here to here. ..open as normal. we reopened for six weeks last year and closed again, then reopened for one week and closed again and now we're about to reopen. this production of the great gatsby has music, dancing and audience participation. its producer is glad to be back.
the thing that i and the entire culture sector need is the opportunity to do ourjobs and trade our way out of this. i feel a lot more certain today than i have in the past. i'm sure there will be more uncertainty to come. that uncertainty has led the government to come up with what it calls plan b for england. it could include the return of mandatory facemasks in some indoor settings, working from home would again be recommended, and covid passports required for people going to certain venues, including night clubs, to prove they've had two jabs. it's not sensible to rule out completely this type of option now, when we must face the fact that it might still make the difference between keeping businesses open at full capacity or not. could you tell us in what circumstances you would impose those extra restrictions, your plan b? do you have a number of cases or hospital admissions that would mean we have
passed that threshold? we're confident we can proceed with plan a, but what i would stress about plan b is that it contains a number of different shots in the locker, and you wouldn't necessarily play them all at once, farfrom it. you would want to do things in a graduated way. but his advisers seemed to be recommending more urgency. when you make a move, you have to go earlier than you think you want to, you have to go harder and you need to make sure you've got the right geographical coverage. if this goes in the wrong direction and cases go up, followed by hospitalisations, it is important the measures are put in place early enough and they are significant enough. labour said the government's approach would be judged against... whether we can push infections down, minimise sickness and save lives, keep schools open, protect care homes, maintain access to all care in the nhs, and avoid a winter lockdown. the scottish parliament has already
voted to introduce covid passports for some settings from the start of next month. while none of us like these things, we are or would be irresponsible not to take advantage of all the levers we have at our disposal to try to push cases down. # here we go again...# no one wants a repeat of last winter. the hope is that vaccines will make the crucial difference this time. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. the vaccine booster programme will start next week in all parts of the uk. the booster is a third dose and will be given at least six months after the second was adminstered. a dose of pfizer or a half—dose of moderna are the preferred options for boosters. care home staff and residents will be among priority groups as our health editor hugh pym explains. at a carpentry class in surrey for men who've retired, it was clear there was enthusiasm
about the prospect of having a booster covid jab. i think that the whole scheme is good, and i think i feel better for having myjabs, so, yes, i'd have it immediately. i always have a flu jab once a year, so i can't see that there's going to be any problem having an extra booster. i would have the boosterjab, as i said, but i would - like to know more about it. and now it'll become a reality, with this age group among the first to get a third dose. the announcment coming from the expert vaccine committee. jcvi advise us that adults who are more vulnerable to severe covid—19 disease should be offered a booster vaccine in order to maintain a high level of protection through the next few months, through this winter particularly. officials today used this chart to show how effective vaccines are at preventing people with covid from needing hospital treatment. among those aged 65 and over,
they were more than 90% effective up to nine weeks after a second dose. but they waned slightly the further away you got from that second jab. medical regulators said it was safe to use az, pfizer and moderna as boosterjabs, but thejcvi recommended pfizer or a half dose of moderna because they got the best immune responses, regardless of what had been given for the first two doses. though, if there were allergy problems, az could be used. at what point will double jabs start, covid in one arm and flu in the other? double jabs can start now, subject to the availability of both products. and it may not always be the case that it is possible to co—administer those two vaccines in every single patient. sometimes it will be possible. officials pointed to data showing much lower covid death rates among
people who have been fully vaccinated, shown here in blue, compared to those who haven't been, here in red, especially among the under 70s. but the nhs is braced for some difficult months. papers from the expert committee, sage, said there was the potential for another large wave of hospitalisations, with one factor being increased numbers returning to work places. here in croydon, like other hospitals, they're preparing for a busy time ahead. perfectly honestly, it feels like winter's come pretty early this year, and the real concern is, of course, as we move into winter proper, what the impact might be across the nhs. the message from health leaders is that the pandemic is still active, and winter could well be bumpy at times. hugh pym, bbc news. the uk latest official figures on the pandemic show there were 26,628 new infections recorded, in the latest 24—hour period. it means an average ofjust under 33,000 new cases
per day in the past week. hospital numbers continue to rise, there were more than 8,400 people in hospital yesterday, the highest number since early march. 185 deaths were reported in the latest 24—hour period, people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test, and so the average number of deaths per day in the last week is now 138. just over 89% of people in the uk aged 16 or over have had theirfirstjab. and just over 81% are now double vaccinated. our medical editor fergus walsh is here. lets talk about the programme announced today and some people are asking, if you are talking about 30 million doses of booster vaccination, is that the best use of all that medicine? the vaccination, is that the best use of all that medicine?— vaccination, is that the best use of all that medicine? the very old and the very vulnerable _ all that medicine? the very old and the very vulnerable have _ all that medicine? the very old and the very vulnerable have got - all that medicine? the very old and the very vulnerable have got the i the very vulnerable have got the most to gain from having a booster and they will save lives this winter
and they will save lives this winter and ease pressure on the nhs. but the benefit from the boosters is much less then you get from the first two doses of vaccine and when you get to healthy people in their 50s and the benefit of a booster really are marginal. some scientists say instead of third doses for some people we should be concentrating on first doses for the billions worldwide who have not seen a vaccine yet and only three in 100 people across africa have had a single dose of vaccine but many wealthy nations, notjust the uk, israel, america and others, have either started boosters or are planning them. either started boosters or are ”lannin them. �* ., , ., , planning them. another question is to do with the _ planning them. another question is to do with the brand _ planning them. another question is to do with the brand of— planning them. another question isj to do with the brand of the vaccine, when we talk about these boosters and other forms of vaccination, pfizer and moderna are being focused on but not astrazeneca. it is pfizer and moderna are being focused on but not astrazeneca.— on but not astrazeneca. it is not the vaccine _ on but not astrazeneca. it is not the vaccine that was _ on but not astrazeneca. it is not the vaccine that was developed l on but not astrazeneca. it is not - the vaccine that was developed here and that is because the oxford astrazeneca vaccine which is already not used in those under a0 because
of the rare risk of a blood clot, that is the reason why it has not been chosen for boosters, but nearly 50 million doses of the astrazeneca vaccine have been delivered in the uk and it has saved more lives here than pfizer and moderna put together and the jury is out on which of the three vaccines gives the longest lasting protection. the vaccine may have very little role here in the uk in future, where it was developed, but it is a huge role to play internationally, 1.2 billion doses of this not—for—profit vaccine have already been distributed. fergus, thanks forjoining _ already been distributed. fergus, thanks forjoining us. _ let's look more closely now at the situation in wales, northern ireland and scotland. in scotland from monday, 12 to 15 years will be able to get vaccinated initially in vaccine centres rather than schools, which nicola sturgeon said would allow parents
to ask any questions. the booster programme will start at the same time. and covid passports for nightclubs and large events come into force on the 1st october. in wales, boosterjabs for the over—50s and vaccination for 12—15—year—olds will also start next week. boosters will be given to care residents and staff and nhs workers first. the welsh government wants to vaccinate all 12—15—year—olds who want a jab by the october half term. in northern ireland, parents will soon be receiving consent forms for children from 12 to 15 to be given covid jabs in schools. some 1 in 10 children were absent from school last week, with large numbers isolating, and the public health agency is taking over from teachers to operate track and trace for schools. government scientists have warned that the uk is entering autumn with more covid cases, more hospitalisations and more deaths
than this time last year. a year ago, nottingham had one of the highest covid infection rates in the uk. our political correspondent alex forsyth has been asking people there about the challenges of the coming months. with the rain coming down, the approaching autumn felt inescapable in nottingham today, bringing with it uncertainty. in this city centre coffee shop, owner michelangelo hopes colder weather doesn't mean a return to too many covid rules. facemasks and vigilance are fine as long as he can stay open. we have given the vaccine to so many people, i think we should get over with it and really start looking forward. steph, who is a regular here, shares a similar view. she lost her husband to covid injanuary, but she's still optimistic. i'm beginning to enjoy getting back to life as should be. a toolkit is the right way to go. i think the government has a job to do to persuade the small proportion of the population who are still not getting
vaccinated to get vaccinated. here, as in westminster, a lot of faith is being put in the vaccine programme. miller, a student here last year who's about to start her masters, hopes it will mean more face—to—face teaching, but does accept there may be limits if things take a turn. being at home and looking at a powerpoint presentation on my screen hasn't really been the holistic learning that i wanted to have when i came to uni, so i think i would be disappointed, but at the same time, i'd rather we take every action that we possibly could to minimise the cases. when the students returned last year, nottingham was hard hit by a surge in covid cases. now things are moving again, most of course want it to stay that way. we are making progress down the road to recovery. this local climbing centre struggled with lockdowns and restrictions, so the owner watched closely today as the government set out its plan. it was quite low— key, saying they are not going to do anything radical, so, but big up the vaccinations, which is a good idea.
our staff can't work at home. they've got to be here, climbing. i think mandatory masks are fine. there is pragmatism here about the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, though some are unsure whether planned measures will be enough. a lot of it depends on if any new variants in, and how the new variants respond to the vaccine, so it's very difficult to predict. i'm 50-50. i don't know which way it could go. some sort of plan is better than no plan, for sure. covid has undoubtedly proved difficult to navigate. a lot now is resting on the government's next steps. alex forsyth, bbc news, nottingham. there's much more information on the bbc news website, including all you need to know about who's being offered jabs over the coming months. just head to bbc.co.uk/news. job vacancies throughout the uk
have hit a record high as the economic recovery continues according to official figures. the number of vacancies in the three months to august rose above 1 million for the first time since records began in 2001, with labour shortages in some key uk industries. official figures also show the number of uk workers on payrolls rose by 2a1,000 in august, taking it to 29.1 million people in work. our economics editor faisal islam has more details. it's harvest time, and that means all hands on deck in britain's farms, and particularly so this year. the good news is that the reopening of the economy has brought demand back, all thejobs back and the need to hire, to harvest the wheat and the barley from the ground. so, this should have left the farm injuly and be in a pint glass. arable farmer dan wallace sold this 300—tonne consignment to a brewer weeks ago. but due to shortages,
there's no transport for it. the situation, not a great deal better for wheat. whether it be soft fruit or wheat for bread, there is a finite window. if it's not harvested in that time, it will spoil and it won't make the grade. but finding enough people to drive kit, tractors, harvesting, whatever it might be, it's very, very hard. all this is a consequence of a jobs market doing much better then anyone forecast or dared to hope during lockdown. the tax authorities counted 1 million fewer people registered on payrolls less than a year ago during the pandemic, but that has now fully recovered. i would say there's a lot of reasons for optimism aboutjobs, whether it's entry—level jobs or more experienced jobs, there is work available for people right now. in thatcham's high street windows, like most towns and cities up and down the country, signs of the time, requests for workers. just outside town, a delivery firm
offering big incentives for those with the right skills. there are two huge and unprecedented factors in the jobs market right now. on the one hand, the record vacancies and shortages, notjust in lorry cabs. on the other hand, tens, hundreds of thousands of workers returning from the furlough scheme hopefully straight back into the workforce. could these two problems solve each other? the industry's sceptical that that could happen quickly enough. here at gist, they say while they can pay up, across the industry, the pandemic, post—brexit visa rules and self—employed tax changes mean there just aren't enough workers. can't you just train up some of the hundreds of thousands of people, for example, coming off furlough by the end of the month? well, i mean, the government have announced last week an additional 50,000 test slots were going to be made available in the next year, which is helpful in itself, but it certainly isn't going to fix the problem. and if the government, as they appear not to want to,
are not prepared to offer eu nationals with temporary worker visas to come and drive these commercial vehicles, then they're going to have to take further action. something else is going to need to be done. as the economy and demand for workers returns to normal far more quickly than expected, shortages and the end of the furlough scheme remain challenges. faisal islam, bbc news. the uk is to delay a number of post—brexit import checks, on food and agricultural products, arriving in england, scotland and wales, from the european union. ministers have blamed disruption caused by the pandemic. the checks were due to start next month. the eu has implemented full checks on goods coming from the uk since the start of the year. china's ambassador to the uk has been told he cannot enter parliament in afghanistan, where the taliban seized control of government over three weeks ago, thousands of women are still
unsure whether they'll be allowed to return to work. new rules are announced every day, including restrictions on women's role in society. during the past 20 years of international engagement, women were able to assume new roles, some of them with the country's national carrier, ariana afghan airlines. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet went to meet members of the airline's female cabin crew who remain fearful about the future. somewhere in kabul, down a back alley, swiftly up the stairs. we've come to this abandoned house, which is now a safe house, where 11 are now in hiding. female cabin crew of ariana afghan airways, the national carrier, awaiting rules from their new taliban bosses. translation: i have no hope. i see what is happening to bright,
educated working women. we don't have physical security or peace of mind. we don't dare wear our uniforms. they filmed from their homes when taliban came to some streets. listen to the screams next door. screaming some cabin crew decided they would be safer together. in this film, they marshal their memories. their country's oldest, largest airline. they became its new face, new progress. translation: those were happy days. we have such good memories, and we never have a photo like that again. tamana's last flight, just after the taliban swept into kabul.
panic at the airport. the flight never took off. translation: i have never seen anything like that, - not even in the movies. even those scheduled to work on that flight didn't show up because they were scared. i found the courage to work, because i love myjob. their lives, the stuff of history. a flight cancelled the day before kabul fell. it was meant to fly a delegation to peace talks. then, the women were told, "don't come to work." this is their work too. some, like fatima, are also fashion designers, with a presence on social media. so is 26—year—old muskan. that's your design? yes. conservative, but very modern too. yeah, thank you. she also worked at the british council.
they all feel abandoned now. we are in here, under danger, with our documents, with their activities, with works, with videos, with photos. but i don't know how to carry it till now to other countries or safe places. i don't know. some women have started working at kabul airport, but these cabin crew doubt they can ever return to the jobs they loved. they gave their all. now they fear it puts them at risk of losing it all. lise doucet, bbc news, kabul. the british sprinter cj ujah's second sample has tested positive for banned substances, confirming the result of his initial test from the tokyo olympics. ujah was part of the british men's ax100 metre relay team, which won silver at the games. the case has been referred to the court of arbitration for sport and if proven, the relay team could all lose their medals.
let's have some football news. chelsea made a winning start to the defence of their champions league title with victory over saint petersburg, but as joe wilson tells us, a different story for manchester united. you could call him the old boy of manchester united, if you dared. in switzerland, these are definitely the young boys of bern, national champions. it would take time for cristiano ronaldo to adapt to playing for united again in the champions league. yes, 12 minutes... commentator: he scores! well, of course he did. if only the game had ended then. before half—time, united were down to ten men. aaron wan—bissaka shown a red card for this defining moment. because the home team played with increasing belief. a cross, a touch, and the boys were back. a famous equalising goal, the ball even obliged for selfies.
there was more... with seconds left in injury time, jesse lingard played a perfect pass... ..forjordan siebatcheu. 2-1. a fine reminder, it's not how you start, it's how you finish. and so to the reigning champions. chelsea at home to zenit st petersburg. defender antonio rudiger decided to lead by example at the start of the second half, all the way, almost. the manager needed a goal—scorer. 20 minutes to play, it's exactly what romelu lukaku is for. there. they won the champions league without him last season. they are stronger, surely, with him. joe wilson, bbc news. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello there.
it's been a very wet day across parts of england, particularly central, southern and eastern areas, over a months worth of rain falling across parts of east anglia in the last 12 hours. that has slowly cleared off into the north sea. could leave a legacy of cloud, maybe just 1—2 showers draped across the eastern coastal parts of england. there may be the odd shower as well for northern and western scotland, perhaps into northern ireland, but most places will be dry. a few clear spells where it will turn quite fresh, otherwise rather cloudy, misty, murky and again quite mild across southern areas to start wednesday. so we've got a couple of weather fronts on wednesday across northern and western areas bringing a few showers around, but generally wednesday and thursday, this ridge of high pressure is going to build in. it's going to settle things down, so we are looking at a lot of dry weather around from the middle part of the week with some good sunny spells around, especially thursday. i think thursday looks like being the sunniest and driest day across the uk of the week. could see just 1—2 showers across northwestern areas on wednesday, but the temperatures will respond to more sunshine on thursday.
the us secretary of state, antony blinken, has told a senate committee that the taliban will not be able to use the high—tech equipment left behind when the american military pulled out of afghanistan. californians are voting on whether to remove gavin newsom as the governor of the state. the democrat has been criticised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. if he doesn't get at least 50% of the vote, he's out. bbc research has found that the number of days when temperatures reached more than 50 degrees celsius somewhere around the globe has doubled since the 1980s. more areas than before around the world are also being affected. haiti's prime minister has sacked a prosecutor who was investigating his alleged involvement in the assassination, of presidentjovenel moise. mr moise was killed during an attack on his residence injuly.