What the papers say – November 17

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Another coronavirus vaccine takes many of the headlines in Tuesday’s papers with US drug company Moderna saying their jab is 94.5% effective.

The Times leads with reports the UK has purchased five million doses of the vaccine which is considered the “most promising”, while adding large-scale production is not expected in Europe until next April.

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The Guardian writes about a “scramble for vaccines”, saying Britain initially opted not to buy the Moderna vaccine but has since “scrambled to secure five million doses”.

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Metro reports Britain is “back of the queue” for the treatment as the i says there is “new hope” in the fight against the pandemic, a story which also leads The Independent.

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Moderna’s jab leads the Financial Times, with the paper reporting the company is looking for “fast-track approval” from authorities in the US, while the Daily Star pokes fun at the Government over what it calls a “pre-order shambles”.

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Coronavirus leads The Daily Telegraph, as Health Secretary Matt Hancock says lockdown in England could continue beyond December 2.

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While the promise of rapid tests for care home visitors leads the DailyMirror and DailyMail.

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And the Daily Express writes about a woman who is facing eviction from her care home following what the paper calls an “unauthorised window visit” by her daughter.

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