If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Brexit 'helped UK get faster Covid vaccine approval' Brexit may have helped Britain win the race for a Covid vaccine. The leader of a major pharmaceutical firm claimed that decoupling from the EU's regulatory and purchasing mechanisms enabled "nimble buying" of hundreds of millions of doses and a rapid green light for the Pfizer-BioNTech jab. Hugo Fry, the UK managing director of drugmaker Sanofi, said the UK's emergency approval of the vaccine had set a precedent that could put Britain at the "front of the queue" for future drugs. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says Britain's lightning-fast vaccination averts a calamitous slide into even deeper economic crisis - and that Europe will pay a high price for bureaucracy. Matt imagines the EU's approach to the jab in today's cartoon. Meanwhile, Donald Trump was said to be "livid" that America's vaccine regulator was not the first to give approval. Now comes the huge logistical challenge. The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could arrive as soon as today, with the country's biggest ever inoculation programme due to start on Monday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it will be given to 2.5m people by the end of this month. The over-80s, care home staff and front-line NHS workers will receive the first jabs - ahead of care home residents due to "logistical challenges". As the Government seeks to enlist "influencers" to help encourage take-up of the jab, Downing Street suggested Mr Johnson could receive one live on TV. Matt Ridley outlines three good reasons why he will queue for a vaccination with enthusiasm. Read all you need to know about the Pfizer vaccine. And see the priority list of recipients. Brexit: UK gives ground on fishing quota demands Britain has lowered its demands for a greater share of the fishing catch in UK waters after Brexit, Michel Barnier said, as he fought back against a rare rebuke from EU governments. Mr Barnier told EU ambassadors the UK had signalled it could accept 60 per cent of the value of stocks from British seas from Jan 1, down from the 80 per cent London had originally called for. With negotiations entering "a make-or-break phase", a pizza delivery was made to officials as talks went on late last night in London. Eton master quits role and attacks 'indoctrination' An Eton College master broke ranks to attack its "indoctrination" of students as he became the first of its own staff to speak out over a free speech row. Dr Luke Martin, who teaches divinity at the £42,500-a-year institution, resigned from his role as "master in charge of perspectives", and said he is beginning to "lose faith" in Eton's ability to promote independent thinking. Education Editor Camilla Turner explains the background to the questioning of "radical feminist orthodoxy". At a glance: More coronavirus headlines Exams | Grade inflation 'entrenched' by today's announcement Debt pile | Rishi Sunak signals tax hikes are on the horizon Valery Giscard d'Estaing | Ex-French president dies from Covid DNR | Care homes using 'unlawful' orders, investigation finds Social media | Remove vaccine lies or face action, firms told Also in the news: Today's other headlines 'Bribery for pardons' | A suspected bribery scheme to lobby White House officials for a presidential pardon in exchange for political donations is being investigated by the US Justice Department. Court papers revealed prosecutors believed there was a "secret lobbying scheme", which allegedly offered "a substantial political contribution... for a presidential pardon". Rozina Sabur reports from Washington. Broadband divide | Revealed: The UK's worst internet speeds Alps tragedy | Hunter accidentally shot dead British cyclist Ivanka Trump | Questioned under oath over inauguration funds Dementia | British deaths fall by largest number in 20 years Trial | Law catches up with record-breaking Lands End driver Around the world: Pair force over Qatar A brace of RAF Typhoons set off from Doha air base as part of Exercise Epic Skies IV. The RAF's 12 Squadron is its first joint squadron since the Second World War and sees pilots and engineers from the Qatar Emiri air force embedded within its ranks. View today's world gallery.