Coronavirus live: Brazil suspends 12m Sinovac doses; UK set to require NHS workers to be vaccinated

Brazil suspends use of over 12m Chinese Sinovac doses; UK reportedly pushes ahead with plans to require NHS workers to be vaccinated

9.30am BST

NHS employers have expressed their opposition to requiring frontline staff to be vaccinated.

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said the idea was unnecessary.

The overwhelming majority of NHS staff are choosing to be vaccinated. And the important thing is to support people, to give people the opportunity to be vaccinated.

There is no necessity for compulsion, for surveillance of people at this stage, because the staff themselves are doing the right thing.

9.13am BST

Zahawi also appeared to confirm plans to require frontline NHS workers to be vaccinated.

Asked about reports that the health secretary, Sajid Javid, is determined to push ahead making jabs a condition of employment in the NHS, Zahawi said:

I think it’s only right and responsible, that we look at the duty of care for healthcare workers on the frontline and across the NHS to looking after people who, when they enter hospital are vulnerable to infection, and that we consult and we will come back publish that consultation in due course.

We are looking at, by the end of September when everyone has had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, for the large venues, venues that could end up causing a real spike in infections, where we need to use the certification process.

If you look at what the FA have done in terms of checking vaccine status to reopen football, that is the sort of right thing to do. We are absolutely on track to continue to make sure that we do that.

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