Boris Johnson will hold a press conference this evening at 5pm, Downing Street have confirmed.

The Prime Minister will also be joined by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, and Chief Executive of the National Health Service, Sir Simon Stevens. It is not yet clear what Johnson will discuss.

However, the surprise conference comes amid reports of the UK’s Covid-19 vaccine supply being put at risk, after the EU threatened to impose strict controls on the export of jabs made in the bloc.

Brussels issued the warning amid a row with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca over failing to deliver the promised doses of its vaccine, developed with Oxford University, to the EU.

The EU has now threatened to tighten controls on Covid vaccine exports within days, which could impact the supply of Belgium-made Pfizer-BioNTech jabs coming into the UK.

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Johnson may also talk about the UK’s death toll, which is in danger of reaching 100,000 within the next few days. As of January 25, there have been 98,531 deaths from the virus across all settings in the nation.

On Monday, a further 592 deaths with the virus were recorded, while the number of infections rose by 22,195.

It is also likely the PM will be asked about when children will start returning back to school, after weeks of pupils learning from home during lockdown.

The Government previously looked set to reopen schools after February half-term, but this appears to have since been scrapped.

Today Education Minister Nick Gibb said schools would find out when they can welcome pupils back ‘within days’. He also noted Education Secretary Gavin Williamson would ensure schools have two weeks’ notice before classrooms reopen.

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