We ask what this says about the government’s tech ambitions, who could be parachuted in to lead the new directorate and why a separate agency was created in the first place.

We also cover the surprising news almost two million people have been added to the shielding list and bumped up the vaccination priority groups. Why leave it so late in the pandemic to make such a significant decision?

Featuring Sharon Brennan, Nick Carding and Annabelle Collins. 

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