Newspaper headlines: 'Hollywood horror' and 'sluggish booster jab campaign'

By BBC News
Staff

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The prime minister visited a vaccine centre in west London on Friday

"Booster jabs will prevent lockdown," is the message from the Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Times.

He calls the vaccines an "enormous wave of protection" that will prevent the need for "significant economic restrictions".

The paper says his comments are "the strongest signal yet" that the government intends to face down pressure to re-impose controls in England, beyond those already laid out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

But amid concern over the "stuttering" nature of the booster campaign, the Financial Times reports Mr Johnson has moved one of his policy aides back to her old role running England's vaccination rollout - a decision the paper calls "significant".

Meanwhile, the i has learned that booster jabs will not be offered to people aged under 50 until "well after Christmas".

Speaking anonymously, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation tells the paper the issue had not yet been discussed and that the focus should be on increasing take-up among those who are eligible, training new vaccinators and addressing staff burn-out within the NHS.

The Daily Telegraph leads on an interview with the new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, in which she warns the UK must not become "dependent" on China.

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Ms Truss says that critical national infrastructure projects such as nuclear power plants should be built only with "like-minded" partners. Ms Truss also names cyber security, artificial intelligence, quantum technology and 5G as areas in which Chinese involvement should be treated with caution.

Many papers feature pictures of the actor Alec Baldwin after he shot and killed a member of film crew using a prop gun. The Daily Mirror reports that he was heard saying "why was I handed a hot gun?" - which are the same words that make up the Daily Star's headline.

The Sun has spoken to a friend of a victim, in her home city of Kiev. "The family is grieving... and they want answers", they say, adding "if someone made a mistake then they will have to pay".

Film bosses also fear a "mega lawsuit" if it turns out Halyna Hutchins' death could have been avoided.

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The Daily Mail leads on concerns about whether Buckingham Palace misled the nation over the state of the Queen's health after she was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night.

The palace's communications team initially told journalists the Queen had stayed at Windsor Castle.

But Peter Hunt, a royal commentator, said there had been a "failed attempt" to hide her admission to hospital - with the Mail also noting that the royal standard remained flying in Windsor.

A royal source denied it was kept aloft as part of a cover-up and said the standard did not move to every building the Queen visited.

The Guardian reports that supermarkets are using cardboard cut-outs of groceries to fill gaps on shelves. Tesco shoppers have spotted fake carrots in Fakenham, cardboard asparagus in London and 2D washing liquid bottles in Cambridge.

Analysts say the cut-outs are being used because of shortages, but also to fill space because stores are too big.

Tesco said the fruit and vegetable pictures were not linked to the recent supply chain issues and had been in use for many months.