Newspaper headlines: 'Jabs blitz' for winter as over-50s 'get boosters'

By BBC News

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The front pages mainly focus on what the Sun calls a "jabs blitz" - with details of the plans to offer a single dose to 12-to-15 year olds, and the launch of a booster programme for over-50s.

The Guardian describes it as a "widespread acceleration" of the vaccine rollout, as Boris Johnson prepares to set out his "Covid winter plan".

The Daily Express says the prime minister is "confident" his strategy won't involve another lockdown - but the Daily Mail appears downbeat. "Return of the doom squad" is its headline, after government advisers delivered a "gloomy assessment" of the chances of avoiding disruption over the winter.

The Daily Mirror warns that conflicting advice from experts about giving jabs to children "may spark vaccine hesitancy among parents".

Its editorial accuses Boris Johnson of putting all his eggs in one basket by relying solely on vaccinations to deal with the crisis, arguing Covid passports "would be another weapon in our armoury".

Warnings about threats to school staff over the rollout are highlighted by the Guardian. It says the National Union of Head Teachers has urged the government to "immediately" confirm the process will be run "entirely" by medical teams, including dealing with questions about consent.

"What happened to following the science?" asks the Daily Telegraph. Its editorial says vaccinating children to benefit adults "was always going to be ethically problematic" - and suggests it's hard not to conclude the reasoning behind the move "is as much societal and political as it is clinical".

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Climate change protesters said action would go on until a "meaningful commitment" was made by the government

The arrests of dozens of climate change protestors who blocked parts of the M25 on Monday are welcomed by the Sun. It describes the activists as "deranged extremists who alienate millions of people", and accuses them of being the "real enemies" of the eco cause.

The Daily Mail agrees, insisting the police acted "disgracefully" by allowing the motorway to grind to a halt for hours.

"As long as authorities indulge, not punish, law-breaking enviro-maniacs", it says, "they will continue their destructive vandalism."

The Financial Times claims to have identified two "early victims" of a Treasury crackdown on public spending ahead of the Budget next month.

One is said to be a jobless grants scheme - launched a decade ago "to great fanfare" by David Cameron - that will now be axed. The other is Boris Johnson's £15bn plan to build what is described by the paper as "the world's most stupid tunnel".

A government official has told the FT the proposed link between Scotland and Northern Ireland is "dead, at least for now".

And the Sun is one of several papers to feature what it calls a bid by "boffins" to "recreate Woolly Mammoths".

According to the Times, the scheme could see genetically modified elephant-mammoth hybrids - grown in an artificial womb in a lab - "walking the Arctic within six years".