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North East 'centre of excellence' will boost vaccine manufacture and development

A new centre of excellence and training facility specialising in the technology used to create the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines is being launched in the UK.

Those behind the centre, in the north-east of England, said they will work with the Government and industry to help protect the world against future pandemics and infectious diseases.

The new facility will expand capacity at an existing site in Darlington and is expected to be ready in November, with courses to train and boost the skills of technicians and scientists available from January.

The Sun pays damages to cricketer Ben Stokes over breach of family privacy

The Sun newspaper has paid damages to England cricketer Ben Stokes and his mother after it published a front-page story reporting on a family tragedy.

The 30-year-old criticised the newspaper for publishing "extremely painful, sensitive and personal details" about his family in September 2019, leading to him and his mother Deborah Stokes launching legal action.

On Monday, it was announced they had reached a settlement of their High Court claim against The Sun for breach of privacy.