What the papers say – March 20

The Oxford vaccine and other Covid-related stories feature among an assortment of stories on the front pages.

What the papers say – March 20

Debate over the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab and concerns over a pandemic third wave are splashed across the papers on Saturday.

The Daily Telegraph reports the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce chief Kate Bingham has said the hesitancy over the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe is “irresponsible” and is encouraging anti-vaccinationists.

The Daily Star has a humorous take on the same story, with a front page wild west-style poster featuring three European leaders it says are “wanted” for “global scaremongering, vaccine nationalism” and being “pathetic big sulky babies”.

The Times leads on the “alarm” over a new Covid wave on the continent, with scientists warning Britain could follow.

And the i weekend says a new survey shows two-thirds of Britons feel better prepared to face future crises after enduring the pandemic.

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports taxpayer-funded Government furlough money has found its way into the hands billionaire tax exiles, the British National Party, Saudi royals and gulf states including Dubai.

The Daily Express leads on a poll of readers saying the Duke of Sussex should apologise to the Queen for his “bombshell claims” about the royal family.

Election watchdogs are quizzing Tory party chiefs over the “lavish makeover” of Boris Johnson’s flat, according to the Daily Mail.

The FT Weekend says the Government is drawing up a plan to save the Liberty Steel group.


And the Daily Mirror leads on a celebrity divorce, this time between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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