What the papers say – April 8

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A blend of ominous headlines and upbeat reassurances on the safety of Covid-19 vaccines is splashed across the nation’s papers on Thursday.

The i, The Independent and the Financial Times lead on the AstraZeneca jab being ruled out for people younger than 30.

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The Guardian splashes that this has led to “jab confidence fears”.

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But the Daily Mirror reports it is still “full speed ahead on jabs” as scientists say the vaccine roll-out is safe despite the new age limit on the AstraZeneca shot.

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The Daily Express takes the same angle on its front page, as does the Daily Mail with a headline of “Keep calm and carry on jabbing”.

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And The Sun runs with a headline of “0.000095%” – the chance of sustaining a blood clot from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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The Daily Telegraph carries assurances on the safety of the vaccine rollout from the Prime Minister and medical officials, while also reporting the family of a blood clot victim has urged people to keep faith with the UK-developed jab.

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And The Times splashes on similar reassurances from Boris Johnson that “jabs are safe and save lives”.

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Elsewhere, Metro says Britain is “getting back on tracks at last” as it reports on increases in rail services as lockdown restrictions ease.

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And the Daily Star has a story on a pig that took a “leap to freedom” out of a lorry on its way to an abattoir.

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