Brief. Me - April 20, 2021 1:52 am
In today’s briefing update, many of Sunday’s papers carry the Moderna vaccine story – as the under 50s are set to receive the jab in 3 weeks.
Also featured – Covid-19 updates and the latest news.
Below are our top picks of the Sunday Papers.
Whitehall inquiry into elite school sex school
The Sunday Telegraph says elite schools are facing a Whitehall investigation over their handling of claims of “rape culture.” It comes as thousands of current and former pupils come forward with allegations of abuse they received while at school, a senior officer has told the paper. The Met police launched an investigation on Friday after reading distressing reports on the everyonesinvited.uk website.
The front page also reports Britain will tell the EU that it must acknowledge the millions invested by British taxpayers into the AstraZeneca vaccines – amid continued tensions between London and Brussels over vaccine exports.
Read the full story on the Daily Telegraph
Moderna jabs in 3 weeks for under-50s
The Daily Mail front page reports a third Covid-19 jab will be added to the UK’s vaccine rollout in the next three weeks. The US Moderna jab will be administered for the first time from mid-April, says the paper, with the arrival of more than 500,000 doses “imminent”. Currently, the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are being given to those eligible in the UK.
Read the full story on the Daily Mail
Cameron and the toxic banker
The Sunday Times leads with a report into banker Lex Greensill’s relationship with David Cameron, with the former allegedly being handed “extraordinary access” to No 10 and 11 Whitehall departments. The paper says that, during Mr Cameron’s time as prime minister, Mr Greensill was given a security pass and a team of civil servants “so he could promote a financial product he specialised in across Whitehall”.
Read the full story on the Times
Back to the life we love
The Sunday Express is also hopeful, carrying comments from an “optimistic” Boris Johnson. The PM has said there is “nothing in the data” to affect his roadmap out of lockdown, the paper reports, as he toasts “Happy Monday”.
Read the full story on the Daily Express
My four-year affair with Boris
Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror carries an interview with Jennifer Arcuri who says she and Mr Johnson had a four-year affair. The PM has faced questions over his relationship with Ms Arcuri while he was mayor of London.
Read the full story on the Daily Mirror
Easter celebrations set to rival Christmas – even down to the tree – BBC Business
COVID-19: Spain to trial four-day working week in bid to prevent new coronavirus outbreaks – Sky News
Trade union calls for Deliveroo UK riders strike to highlight IPO risks – Reuters
YOUR QUESTIONS answered
A spat over Covid vaccine doses has erupted between the European Union and the UK threatens to have far reaching implications over coronavirus jab disruption.
Brussels demanded access to AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in UK plants to make up for a shortfall after the pharmaceutical giant said it would have to cut the amount of doses delivered to the bloc by the end of March.
What do we know about the dispute? And what potential implications could the rumbling dispute have on future Covid vaccine rollouts? – (ITV)
Recent and upcoming changes
Restrictions are easing across the UK.
Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown has begun. Shielding ends on 31 March.
People will be asked to ‘Stay Local’ from 2 April. A timetable for further lockdown easing from 5 April is on GOV.SCOT.
The stay at home restriction was lifted on 13 March. Read about the rules on GOV.WALES.
In Northern Ireland
The next review will happen on or before 15 April. You can read the guidance on current restrictions on nidirect.
latest Covid-19 news
For the latest Covid-19 news visit the UK governement website