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This is from Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the medical journal The Lancet.

The phase II results of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine are here. Extremely encouraging news. It’s hard to believe we have got to this point in <12 months. Unbelievable levels of global collaboration. https://t.co/K46JRbzxwv

In interviews this morning about the defence spending settlement being announced by the PM later, Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, said the £16.5bn increase was enough to modernise the armed forces. He said:

When I looked across at the armed forces today I saw them with equipment that was out-of-date. I saw our adversaries across the world having better equipment, the ability to attack us and harm us getting wider and wider from our capabilities.

And when that happens, time runs out, and you need to modernise your forces. You need to sometimes let go of some older capabilities and that takes money in order to first of all create the headroom to invest …

Related: UK defence: £16.5bn enough to modernise armed forces, says minister

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