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Mass vaccination centres to speed up jab distribution
The hunt is on for mass vaccination sites. NHS England has instructed health leaders to find locations for dozens of centres and is due to start a to immunise people against coronavirus as soon as jabs are available. They will focus on retired doctors, nurses and volunteers. One of the first locations for giving the Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be stored in dry ice at -75C, from mid-December has been confirmed in Derby and . It comes as ministers are , with warnings a "merry Christmas could mean burying your relatives in January". Associate Editor Camilla Tominey asks in : Does the PM want to be Santa one minute, then Scrooge the next? And Matt looks ahead to Christmas rules in .
Meanwhile, millions of public sector workers are expected to face a pay freeze next year to repair the pandemic costs. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to announce in next week's comprehensive spending review that there must be public sector pay restraint. The freeze on wages is likely to apply to police officers, teachers, soldiers and civil servants. NHS doctors and nurses are likely to be exempt. Read more of .
Army to hire specialists for hi-tech future wars
The Armed Forces must recruit "specialists" in fields such as cyber technology rather than concentrating on personnel numbers if they are to win future wars, the Defence Secretary said. Ben Wallace said Britain must also become a world-beater in military satellites, lasers and drones as well as on traditional battlefields as he detailed in defence spending. Read Political Editor Gordon Rayner's . It comes as Scottish shipyards are set for a massive financial boost after Boris Johnson vowed to use a defence spending spree to .
Happy anniversary, great-grandma and great-grandpa
Like most people of their generation, they have been unable to see much of their great-grandchildren during lockdown. So it was with understandable delight that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh received a card to mark today - made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and two-year-old Prince Louis. The Duke, 99, holds the colourful A4 artwork as he and the 94-year-old Queen continue to self-isolate at Windsor Castle in .
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Bullying claims | Priti Patel "unintentionally" breached the ministerial code on behaviour, according to an inquiry into . But the investigation also found the Home Secretary had become "justifiably frustrated" by obstructive mandarins who failed to tell her about the impact of her behaviour. The Prime Minister is today set to deliver his .
Around the world: Rudy Giuliani 'sweats hair dye'
Donald Trump's legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, gave a remarkable press conference making sweeping allegations of election corruption. It tipped into the comic, with a sweating Mr Giuliani wiping away a drip of what appeared to be hair dye from his face. But US Editor Ben Riley-Smith says the .