Diplomatic tensions and the development of a fourth Covid-19 vaccine for use in Britain are splashed throughout the national papers.
The EU’s coronavirus vaccination plan “is nearing crisis point” due to a shortage of jabs, the Financial Times reports, with The Guardian adding that millions of EU doses could be blocked from entering the UK.
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) January 28, 2021
Guardian front page, Friday 29 January 2021: EU could block millions of Covid vaccine doses from entering UK pic.twitter.com/r25UQyWUtc
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 28, 2021
Tony Blair has called “for cooperation” as tensions continue with Brussels over the jabs, according to The Independent.
— The Independent (@Independent) January 29, 2021
The Daily Telegraph and Metro cover Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon seemingly siding with the bloc, with the former paper reporting she “pledged to publish confidential vaccine data” despite warnings such an action could jeopardise the UK’s supply.
Tomorrow’s Telegraph front page: “Sturgeon accused of siding with EU on jabs”
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) January 28, 2021
— Metro Newspaper UK (@MetroUKNews) January 28, 2021
Matt Hancock is quoted in the i as promising 15 million Britons they “will get second vaccine in time” in line with the Government’s 12-week plan.
— i newspaper (@theipaper) January 28, 2021
The Daily Mail reports the UK secured 60 million doses of the Novavax jab – to be produced on Teesside – which is believed to offer protection against the new UK and South African variants, with The Sun referring to the shot as “Union Vacc”.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) January 28, 2021
— The Sun (@TheSun) January 28, 2021
The Prime Minister insists in The Times that the Oxford jab is effective for over-65s, despite Germany deciding not to use it for the age group.
— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) January 28, 2021
The Daily Mirror cites a poll which shows public support to prioritise teachers in the next stage of the vaccine rollout.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) January 28, 2021
The Daily Express mounts a self-described “crusade” demanding urgent support for “Britain’s forgotten and neglected generation of students facing a bleak future” due to educations interrupted by the pandemic.
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 28, 2021
And the Daily Star says it does not “give a monkey’s” about new research that claims chimps could speak but cannot be bothered.