Scotland's papers: Vaccination rollout the 'beginning of the end'

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Wednesday's papers reflect a history-making day in the pandemic. Nicola Sturgeon writes in the Daily Record, saying that the first vaccinations offer hope, that "we may now be at the beginning of the end of this pandemic". She tells readers it is "worth reflecting" on the achievement of a vaccine going from research and clinical trials to approval and use in such an incredibly short period of time, saying that "something that would normally have taken years has been done in a matter of months".
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"Vaccination" is The Scottish Sun's extra large headline as it hails the first recipients of the Pfizer.BioNTech Covid vaccine. The paper's strapline calls it the "day we all dreamed of".
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The Scotsman calls it the start of "the long road back" as it pictures one of the Scottish health staff getting the first of her two jabs. The front page highlights a series of big developments on Tuesday, including the easing of restrictions across Scotland and the cancellation of next year's Higher exams.
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The Scottish Daily Express is inspired by Neil Armstrong for its headline as it pictures a smiling 90-year-old Margaret Keenan, the first person to get the jab. The paper says she "gave hope to the world", as she urged others to also be vaccinated.
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The Herald calls it a "vaccine triumph", as it too leads with the rollout of the vaccination. An overwhelmed Margaret Keenan is pictured being wheeled out through a guard of honour after she made history all around the world.
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The Scottish Daily Mail hails Britain's "V Day heroes" for urging the public to put aside any scepticism and take up the offer of a Covid vaccine "for the good of the country".
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Tuesday's weekly review of the Scottish Covid levels makes the front of the Daily Telegraph which claims there is "fury over Sturgeon's new levels". After two million Scots dropped down from level four to level three, the paper says people in Edinburgh are "speechless" the city has been left in "severe" level 3 restrictions.
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"Level three until Christmas?" is the Edinburgh News front page headline as it reports on the levels review. The paper says businesses in the city were disappointed in the blow to their hopes of bouncing back before the holidays.
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"All 2021 exams are cancelled" says the i newspaper, reporting on the big education story on Tuesday - the announcement that Highers will not go ahead. John Swinney told MSPs that some pupils have been unfairly disadvantaged by Covid disruption.
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"I've put our children first" are Education Secretary John Swinney's words on the front of the Metro. He talks of his growing concern that too many pupils have unfairly missed out schooling as a result of being ordered to self isolate.
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The Courier also leads with the cancellation of next year's Highers meaning no Scottish exams will take place now in 2021.
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In the National, MSP Tom Sheppard slams the Royal train tour that brought the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Scotland this week. He says William and Kate's "Covid Express" sends the wrong message as the country battles the pandemic.
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The Evening Telegraph leads with the story of Nathan Edwards, 21, who has admitted choking his girlfriend, throwing knives at her and threatening to slit her throat in a drunken row over the "wrong money" being spent on alcohol.   
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The Evening Express leads on a violent assault case after a man was jailed for attacking a disabled man.
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The Glasgow Times splits its front page between the first Covid vaccines being given in the city and an exclusive report that detectives have made a dramatic new appeal for information on the brutal murder of 13-year-old schoolgirl more than 40 years ago. Tracy Main was found dead with multiple stab wounds in her tower block home in the Gorbals in Glasgow in February 1980.
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The P&J reports on a man being charged in connection with the death of 66-year-old Morag Carmichael at Culnakirk in the Highlands. Police said a 33-year-old man had been arrested and charged in connection with the death, which they said was "being treated as murder".
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And the Daily Star of Scotland ignores Brexit and coronavirus to lead with a retired Israeli space chief who claims the US has had contact from aliens and President Donald Trump is aware.

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