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  1. Vaccine milestone reached in West Midlands

    BBC Midlands Today

    More than 5.3m vaccine doses have been delivered in the West Midlands, with 10m people now vaccinated across the wider Midlands area, figures show.

    It's a major milestone and comes as anyone over 30 can now book an appointment for their jab.

    Over the next few days, one million people across the country aged 30 and 31 will be invited via text message.

    Birmingham's director of public health said reaching a younger age group was important to protect them against variants of the virus.

    Justin Varney

    "What we are seeing from across the world where we have these new variants, is that it's a younger audience ending up in hospital - the people who are vaccinated are protected and the younger age groups are starting to end up in A&E.

    "The faster we can vaccinate everyone the more protected we are against these new variants," he said.

    He said the success story of reaching millions of people in the region was down to giving people access to get vaccinated.

    "It's the entire system working together to put forward the vaccine in a way that gets to people and gives them the chance to protect themselves from a third wave," he added.

  2. Weather: A dry and dull Friday

    BBC Weather

    A mainly dry, dull day with overcast skies. Light winds and a high of 19C/66F.

    Image caption: This morning in Gnosall, Staffordshire

    Staying mostly dry tonight with lingering cloud and light winds again. Low: 11C/52F.

    You can get a latest forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

  3. Video content

    Video caption: Birmingham Clean Air Zone: The view from people in the city

    Residents and business owners tell us how they feel about the upcoming launch of the Birmingham Clean Air Zone.

  4. Oxygen appeal raises more than £15,000

    Nine oxygen concentrators worth more than £15,000 have been sent to India after an appeal by 40 Rotary clubs in the West Midlands.

    The money was raised in two weeks and members are now raising money for another 32.

    Oxygen cannisters

    Clubs taking part include those across Birmingham, north and south Warwickshire, north Worcestershire and Coventry.

    Heart of England Rotary District treasurer Robert Rainbow said: “We have been totally overwhelmed with the amount of support this appeal has received."

  5. Weather: A mainly sunny day

    BBC Weather

    It will be mainly sunny today with just a few patches of cloud, although there is a slim chance of the odd shower. Highs of 19C (66F).

    This morning in Muxton, Shropshire
    Image caption: Thursday morning in Muxton, Shropshire

    The mostly clear skies are set to start tonight but some bands of high cloud are expected to drift in from the west. Lows of 9C (48F).

    You can get a latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  6. Coventry's transport history to go on show

    Transport innovations developed in Coventry and Warwickshire will be showcased during its year as City of Culture.

    The Our Future Moves launches with an exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum from 17 July.

    It will highlight the region's pioneering work in transport innovation – from autonomous vehicles to one-person submarines.

    Coventry Transport Museum

    Objects on display will include a Skyfarer delivery drone, Aurrigo autonomous shuttle, Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) model, Jaguar I-PACE, Microcabs hydrogen car, and a University of Warwick nano satellite which monitors wildlife populations.

    Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “I hope people will learn a lot, get a glimpse of the future and feel inspired.”