Sumary of UK Covid live: Welsh first minister expects infections to peak at end of month as news awaited on booster jabs:
- Drakeford said the Welsh cabinet would meet next week to discuss whether vaccination passports should be introduced and said the NHS in Wales was ready to begin giving jabs to children if they are approved.
- At a press conference in Cardiff, Drakeford said there were now about 520 cases per 100,000 people in Wales, the highest rate this year.
- The first minister said “pandemic pressure on the NHS” was increasing.
- Drakeford said health and care services were already experiencing staffing pressures, through a combination of annual leave, staff working in other areas, sickness and isolation.
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- The German company BioNTech, which developed the Pfizer vaccine, expects to seek approval from regulators for Covid jabs suited for younger children as early as mid-October, its founders have said.
- The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the market for PCR tests, in which private businesses apply for inclusion on a government-approved list, was not working and risked causing a “race to the bottom” among companies touting for customers.
- Photograph: Robin Utrecht/Rex/Shutterstock The Guardian has previously revealed that companies who appeared on the government’s list of approved suppliers lost customers’ test kits, failed to provide results and withheld refunds.