Sunday Papers: FREE BY JULY 31, as Govt announces vaccine target

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In today’s briefing update, many of Sunday’s papers focus on the pledge to offer a vaccine to all adults by the end of July, and what it could mean for Boris Johnson’s plan to lift the lockdown in England.

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“Free by summer” declares the headline on the front of the Sunday People, while the Sunday Mirror goes with “vax to normal”.

The Conservative MP, and chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, Mark Harper, has written in the Sun on Sunday that it would make sense for Covid-secure pubs and restaurants to open for Easter, to avoid businesses “going to the wall” and to protect jobs.

The Mail on Sunday says hospitality bosses are ready for an “Alfresco April”, having spent months preparing to serve customers outdoors, but it believes the full reopening of the sector will be put off until May.

And the Sunday Times reports that coffee grounds and old tyres could soon be used to make eco-friendly steel – thanks to a breakthrough by an engineer based in Australia.

Below are our top picks of the Sunday Papers


Jabs for every UK adult by July 31st 

The Mail on Sunday and most other papers lead with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge that every adult in the UK will be offered at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of July. The previous target for all adults was autumn.

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Vaccines by July as hopes raised for holidays 

The Sunday Telegraph says the new target for over-18s has raised hopes of holidays abroad and the return of outdoor events by August. Boris Johnson also confirmed that 45 million people living in England will have been invited to receive their first dose two months earlier than previously expected. And over-50s, who have accounted for 98% of Covid deaths, will be offered a vaccine by 15 April – two weeks ahead of schedule. 

Meanwhile, the paper carries a photo of Prince Charles visiting his father in hospital in London on Saturday after the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted on Tuesday.

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All adults jabbed by July but MPs fear lockdown release is still to cautious

The Sunday Express says the PM’s plan to offer a vaccine to every adult in the UK by the end of July “ambitious”. Ahead of Mr Johnson unveiling his road map out of lockdown in England on Monday, the paper says MPs and campaigners are urging him not to be “over-cautious”, with fears that many restrictions could be in place throughout the summer.

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Ban on outside sport can end, top scientist urges Johnson

Elsewhere, a scientist and adviser to the government has told the Observer that data on the number of Covid-19 cases is so encouraging that outdoor sports for children and some adults should be allowed. 

Prof Mark Woolhouse said the data was “extremely good” and “far better” than he was expecting two or three weeks ago. The paper’s front page also reports that household poverty has soared during the pandemic, with the number of British households plunged into destitution more than doubling last year – from 197,400 to 421,500.

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William ‘sad and shocked’ at his brother 

The Sunday Times says Prince William is “really sad and genuinely shocked” by his brother’s behaviour after it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would not return as working members of the Royal Family. The paper quotes sources close to Prince William who is allegedly unhappy with the statement issued by his brother and Meghan confirming they were giving up their royal duties.

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UK Weather Forecast

Sunday 21 February 2021

Sunrise 06:50

Sunset 17:42


A narrow band of patchy rain will push northwards across England and Wales today. It will be mostly dry across the north, and also the far south-east, with plenty of sunshine. A gentle southerly wind.


Tonight, the patchy rain will continue in Wales and western England. Elsewhere will remain dry overnight with clear spells, however, the cloud will thicken towards dawn.

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What are the papers saying?

Matt Hancock acted unlawfully when his department did not reveal details of contracts it had signed during the Covid pandemic, a court has ruled.

A judge said the health secretary had “breached his legal obligation” by not publishing details within 30 days of contracts being signed.

The public had a right to know where the “vast” amounts spent had gone and how contracts were awarded, he added.

The government said it fully recognised the “importance of transparency”. – BBC News

Matt Hancock’s Department Unlawfully Failed To Publish Covid Contracts- HuffPost 

COVID-19: Government’s failure to publish COVID contracts details was unlawful, High Court rules – Sky News


The price of the Tories’ outsourcing obsession? Cronyism and waste – Guardian 

Matt Hancock acted unlawfully over Covid contract details, High Court judge rules – The Independent 

Labour demands Matt Hancock ‘clean up cronyism’ after court defeat over Covid contracts – iNews

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