Dominic Raab rejects Tory demands for easing of Covid rules

Foreign secretary says ‘we’re on track’ to meet vaccine targets, but cautions against making any promises on reopening

Dominic Raab has hit back at what he called “arbitrary” targets demanded by some Conservative MPs to lift coronavirus restrictions in England, urging caution even as he said the government was on track to meet its target to vaccinate the most vulnerable people.

Ministers have set a date of Monday by which a first coronavirus vaccination should have been offered to the top four priority groups, going down to all those aged 70 or over, taking in around 15 million people.

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