Newspaper headlines: EU will 'grab your jabs' and tough migrant stance

By BBC News
Staff

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image captionMany papers focus on the expected drop in vaccine supplies in England as well as the ongoing row between the EU and UK over jabs

"Surprise slump" is how the i describes the expected drop in supplies of coronavirus vaccine in England next month.

The paper quotes one person "closely involved" in the immunisation programme, who says they had no advance warning of the impending slowdown - while government sources tells the Guardian that the "looming squeeze" in availability of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is "far worse than predicted".

The Financial Times says it's a "big setback" for a programme it calls "one of the few successes" of Boris Johnson's response to the pandemic.

It points out there may be further trouble ahead - as officials in Whitehall are concerned about "significant manufacturing issues" with the Moderna vaccine, which was due to roll out in the spring.

Other papers lead on the EU's warning that it could stop sending new batches of vaccine to countries like the UK.

"We'll Grab Your Jabs" is the headline in the Metro - which says the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, may halt exports of Pfizer vials made in Belgium and Germany unless supplies to the EU of the AstraZeneca vaccine improve.

The Daily Express thinks it's a "highly provocative move" - while the Spectator website suggests that commandeering private property is "something usually reserved for wars".

The New Statesman insists the EU's problems are "no cause for Schadenfreude", but agrees that Brussels is behaving irresponsibly. "The continent that casts itself as a beacon of internationalism", it says, "has succumbed to petty chauvinism".

The back pages focus on yesterday's damning report into historical failings by the Football Association to protect children from paedophiles. The Daily Mail calls it the "FA's Day Of Shame" - and hopes a "small few may find closure" in its apology for "an appalling absence of care and curiosity".

But the Daily Mirror says that while the sport can "sombrely reflect" on Clive Sheldon QC's review and "move forward", "hundreds and hundreds" of survivors and their families cannot do the same.

The Sun thinks football has been "irrevocably damned and stained" by the scandal, and says it's important the truth "finally emerged".

The Daily Telegraph reports on an apparent breakthrough in research into infertility and early miscarriage. For the first time, a team led by Australian experts has created human embryo-like structures out of skin cells - so it can model what happens in the days after an egg is fertilised.

It hopes to make and study hundreds of thousands of these so-called "blastoids" - rather than relying on a small number of embryos donated by IVF clinics.

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image captionThe Times reports that the Mayor of Bayeux is happy to loan his town's famous tapestry to the UK as long as it pays for repairs

And the Times says an offer made by France three years ago to lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry now comes with strings attached.

The Mayor of Bayeux, Patrick Gomont, tells the paper that he's still happy to loan out the medieval embroidery - providing the UK pays for the repair of tens of thousands of stains, folds, rips and holes, at a cost of £1.7m.

Mr Gomont isn't bothered on which side of the Channel the restoration takes place. "If you are going to roll it up and move it somewhere", he says, "it doesn't make any difference whether you take it 100 metres or 100 kilometres."