Health ministers in Europe have failed to agree a joint EU policy on suspending the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in younger age groups, despite fresh advice from the bloc’s medicines regulator on potential links to rare forms of blood clotting.

Italy and Spain have moved to restrict the use of the jab to the over-60s, while German officials have recommended that under-60s who have received their first dose of the vaccine should get a different second dose

Alexandra Phillips sets out why Britain’s AstraZeneca decision does not vindicate Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron’s Trumpian behaviour.

Police at Sussexes’ home nine times in nine months

Police have been called to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s California home nine times in as many months after the couple expressed concern about the decision to strip them of round the clock police protection. Since the couple moved into the property in Montecito, Santa Barbara, last July, the County Sheriff’s Office has responded to calls listed as phone requests, alarm activations and property crimes. Read more about the data, obtained under Freedom of Information laws. Meanwhile, unseen footage of the Queen will air tonightHarry Mount looks at what we have learned about Her Majesty from behind-the-scenes footage.

Why the time feels right to abandon Football Focus

Dan Walker has announced he will step down as host of Football Focus after 12-years. Yet if Test Match Special and Match of the Day are top flight BBC Sport institutions, it could be argued the soccer magazine programme is League One at best. With more live football on TV than ever before, Thom Gibbs sets out why Walker’s departure should spell the end for the BBC’s out-dated, wide-ranging football TV show.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Northern Ireland violence | The Stormont Executive has condemned recent scenes of violence across Northern Ireland, stating that they are “gravely concerned” by the scenes of disorder. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has travelled to Belfast for talks with the main political parties, after Boris Johnson last night called for “dialogue” to resolve differences. Watch video of the “disgraceful” violence.

Around the world: Boy abandoned on US border

A 10-year-old boy abandoned near the Mexico border told patrol officers he was “afraid” as he begged for help in a newly released video. The boy can be seen sobbing to officers as he explains he had travelled to Texas without his parents in a group of migrants. He woke to find himself alone and was discovered walking on a rural road in the hope of finding help, officials said. Watch the heartbreaking clip which comes after a record number of unaccompanied children crossed the border in March.

Thursday interview

‘When people are this desperate to silence and discredit you, you must be saying something that’s true’

 

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