Wednesday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Wednesday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. UK travellers with Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine barred from holidays

British holidaymakers are being barred from boarding flights after receiving an Indian-made version of the AstraZeneca vaccine that is not licenced in the EU.

The Telegraph revealed this month that up to five million Britons had received the version of the jab without being told. Read the full story.

2. Vaccine passport firm says system could be ‘redeployed’ as a national ID card

One of the companies involved in the Covid-19 vaccine passport has said that the system could be "redeployed" as a national ID card, amid concerns over “mission creep”.

As Boris Johnson urged nightclubs and venues with large crowds to adopt Covid-19 certification as a condition of entry, MPs and campaigners warned that the system was “intrusive” and raised the possibility of discrimination. Read the full story.

3. White militias fill lawless vacuum in South Africa after worst violence since Apartheid

At a roadblock on the outskirts of Howick on Tuesday morning, a young black man was receiving medical attention for a bullet-wound in his hand.

He was noticeable for being the only black man among a group of about a dozen heavily-armed white men who are part of an impromptu militia who have stepped into the vacuum left by a police force hopelessly overstretched by South Africa’s worst outburst of street violence since the fall of Apartheid. Read the full story.

4. Road toll confusion in transport ‘greenprint’ as ministers seek new way to make drivers pay

Ministers will unveil a new blueprint for “decarbonising” Britain’s transport system on Wednesday amid Whitehall wrangling over how to replace petrol tax after traditional cars and lorries are banned from the country’s roads.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, will pledge to ban diesel and petrol lorries from 2035 and the sale of new petrol cars from 2030 – while promising billions to encourage cycling. Read the full story.

5. Jewish school investigated by police after pupil’s suicide following ‘brutal bullying’

Police are investigating the circumstances behind the tragic death of a 14-year-old girl who took her own life after claims she had been subjected to bullying at the UK’s most prominent Jewish school.

Year 10 pupil Mia Janin, 14, who died in March, became the third student in four years to have taken their own life whilst studying at JFS in Kenton, north west London, the biggest Jewish school in Europe. Read the full story.

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