Newspaper headlines: 'It's the back of Trump' and 'vaccine pivot'

By BBC News
Staff

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Donald Trump features on many of the front pages - as the last few hours of his presidency slip away.

The Daily Star depicts him in a straitjacket, describing the past four years as "a horrible dream" in which "the fabric of democracy was ripped apart by a narcissistic loon".

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The Guardian says Mr Trump will "skulk off" to Florida for Joe Biden's big day - as the curtain falls on what the Independent describes as "the most tumultuous presidency in living memory".

'New Trump party'

The Sun points out that "he started no wars", "brokered some Middle East peace deals" and had a degree of economic success. But all of it, says the paper, was overshadowed by his incessant stupidity, ignorance, boorish arrogance and monumental vanity.

Well, perhaps not quite, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal, which claims Mr Trump has in recent days been discussing setting up his own political party. People close to him have told the paper he would want to call it the "Patriot Party" and would use it to continue exerting influence after he leaves the White House.

There's continued scrutiny of the government's Covid-19 vaccine roll out.

A government source suggests the delays may endanger the target of vaccinating 15 million people across the UK by mid-February.

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The i claims the government is considering "flipping" its entire vaccine strategy - by prioritising those people who are more likely to spread the virus.

The paper says phase two of the roll out could see workers immunised ahead of people deemed more vulnerable, if evidence suggests it would stop Covid being spread through the general population.

The Daily Mirror says there are growing calls for key workers such as police and teachers to be given jabs. The paper urges Boris Johnson to "sort it out" saying it's right to keep safe the millions of workers who risk their lives doing essential jobs.

Easter mixing?

Civil servants are understood to be building what it calls "a detailed unlocking framework".

A government source tells the paper: "It's way too soon to start talking about when - but the work is being done, quietly, on the how."

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that another Covid strategy change may also be afoot. It claims the government is to halt plans for the daily mass testing of school children and pupils.

Proving critics wrong

A vegan restaurant has become the first eatery of its kind in France to win a coveted Michelin star.

In a country famed for its meat and cheese, the paper says the venue's head chef was "laughed out of the bank" when she first tried to get a loan for the venture.

But it says she proved them wrong - raising the money through crowdfunding, before "hitting classic French cuisine where it hurts" with her accolade.