Newspaper headlines: 'No EU can't have our jabs' and 'schools out'

By BBC News
Staff

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"Wait your turn!" is the message to Brussels from the Daily Express after the European Union attempted to, in the paper's words, "hijack" tens of millions of Covid vaccinations made in the UK.

The Financial Times says the EU's demands to make up its shortfall in expected doses from AstraZeneca "risks unleashing an explosive post-Brexit political fight" - but Boris Johnson believes his priority deal for 100 million doses is "watertight".

The message from Conservative MPs to the EU is equally forthright in the Daily Mail: "No, EU can't have our jabs!"

With the vaccine row showing no sign of abating, the Times reports that some of the UK's jabs could end up in other countries anyway because Britain has more than enough doses for this year. Someone described as a senior industry source says the UK has ordered 367 million vaccines, enough for five-and-a-half jabs per person.

Dismissing the European Union's demands for stocks to be diverted from the UK as "political rhetoric", the same source also points out there may be a "human rights issue" in taking away vaccines from people who are due a second jab.

"Roadmap to nowhere," is the Daily Mirror's take on Boris Johnson's announcement that England's coronavirus lockdown could begin to be eased from 8 March.

But the Daily Telegraph says that potential date for schools to reopen is part of a wider "three-step plan" for lifting restrictions. Officials are reportedly working on the basis that non-essential shops could start trading again in April, with pubs and restaurants following in May.

The Daily Star is sceptical. "Does Bozo ever learn?" its leader asks, calling it "foolhardy" to even set a provisional date to reopen schools.

The Financial Times reports that there are more than 100,000 surplus pigs waiting to be slaughtered on British farms. The National Pig Association says the issue is partly because the UK is phasing in customs requirements for EU imports, a grace period that the bloc has not reciprocated.

Farmers also reportedly blame "cheap German pork" for flooding the European market, after fears over African swine fever in wild boars led to a ban on exports from Berlin to China.

"My miracle Covid baby" is the heartwarming lead in the Metro, as it reports on the NHS nurse who has finally met her three-month-old daughter for the first time.

Eva Gicain was so ill with Covid she had no idea she had given birth via a caesarean.

After spending 76 days in hospital she was discharged earlier this month. A picture of the smiling new mother and baby also make the front page, with Ms Gicain describing their reunion as "a special moment".