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UK coronavirus live: Johnson faces Starmer at PMQs as health chief says NHS ready for mass vaccine rollout

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Starmer says lives would have been saved if the government had locked down earlier, and jobs would have been saved if furlough had been extended earlier.

Why is the government failing the self-employed?

Starmer says this is taxpayers’ money. The PM may not value it, but people do. He quotes a contract for face masks worth £150m. How many face masks were delivered?

Johnson says we are in the middle of a global pandemic. He says the government has to work with the private sector. Some are better than others. But the government has to work with them, even if Labour hates them.

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