A group of protesters against the Covid passport and the vaccination of minors tried to storm the BBC headquarters in London on Monday. The mob was barely prevented by police from entering the building.

The protesters blame the media – among others – for spreading false and alarmist information about the coronavirus pandemic. The crowd was not planning to attack the BBC headquarters, but as they passed in front of it, many of the protesters decided to try to enter.

Marches against the Covid passport and the vaccination of under-18s have been taking place for weeks in several European capitals, with Paris leading the way. This certificate will be used from September in the UK to gain access to entertainment venues such as nightclubs.

The UK government said last week that it had asked health system officials to start vaccinating adolescents aged 16 and over “as soon as possible” in order to strengthen immunity against Covid in this age group before the start of the academic year in September, in view of the advance of the Delta variant.

The Executive’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, announced the decision at a press conference after experts from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended offering the first dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus to 16 and 17 year olds.

“We can’t waste time on this. We are going to start giving the first doses (to these adolescents) and I want us to proceed as quickly as practically possible,” said Van-Tam, who predicted that the plan should be in place “within a few weeks”.

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