Patrick Vallance to stand down as chief scientific adviser

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Boris Johnson said it was “impossible to fully convey” the 62-yearold’s impact as it was announced he will leave the role at the end of his five-year term next April. Sir Patrick became a household name when he appeared regularly at government briefings.

He described his time in the top job as “challenging and immensely rewarding”.

Weekly figures to July 29 show 7,870 people with Covid admitted to hospitals in England – down by 2,251.The number of deaths was 930, down by 352.

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