NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens says the government needs regulator's approval to split packs of 975 people's doses so jab can be sent to care homes.
Community testing chief General Sir Gordon Messenger says the military-aided Liverpool scheme would be "undeliverable" for all areas in England.
Exclusive: Chancellor had not signed up to plans to boost support for Covid-hit hospitality when they were briefed by a senior source.
Boris Johnson's spokesperson said everyone needs to follow the lockdown rules and that enforcement is "for the police".
The government has also revealed plans for carol singing, nativity plays and Christmas markets under the three-tier lockdown system.
West Midlands mayor Andy Street leads criticism with Cornwall the only place on the English mainland to escape the worst restrictions.
Inflation means more than a million could be in for a real-terms cut – even some of those the chancellor said would get an increase.
Exclusive: Lord Bob Kerslake says the prime minister lacks a plan to deliver his December election pledge to the north and Midlands.
In a letter to ministers and senior civil servants, the prime minister also warned them not to leak "private conversations".
Four nations of UK agree common approach to allow "some limited additional household bubbling for a small number of days".
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"A pay freeze would be an outrageous attack on some of the workers who sacrificed the most during the pandemic", the GMB union said.
Professor Calum Semple said vaccination of the “frail and elderly” will “take the pressure off” hospitals and may allow restrictions to be lifted.
Sir Alex Allan leaves government after PM overrules his advice that the home secretary's "shouting and swearing" behaviour breached the rules.
Ian Lavery tells HuffPost UK that Starmer appears to have a "personal and political vendetta" after refusing to let Corbyn sit as a Labour MP.