October 25, 2020

Newspaper headlines: ‘Vaccine for Christmas’ and Russian ‘meddling’

Image caption “The Covid buster,” is how the Metro describes a coronavirus vaccine produced at the University of Oxford. Trials suggest the jab appears safe and trains the immune system. The paper also notes that a drug normally used for multiple sclerosis patients may help those infected with Covid-19.
Image caption “Vaccine for Christmas” is the Daily Mail’s prediction after positive news from the Oxford trial. The paper says the results from the trial of 1,000 people are a “vital first step” but cautions further research is needed. The paper also reports Amber Heard’s evidence at the Johnny Depp libel trial. Mr Depp, 57, is suing the publisher of the Sun over an article that referred to him as a “wife beater” – but the newspaper maintains it was accurate.
Image caption “New coronavirus hope,” is the Mirror’s take, as the paper also predicts a jab by the end of the year. The paper carries Ms Heard’s evidence at the High Court as she testified against Mr Depp, her ex-husband.
Image caption The i makes a similar prediction – “breakthrough vaccine could be ready by end of year,” the paper says. The “major step forward” could double protection against the coronavirus, the paper adds.
Image caption The “milestone” clinical trial also leads the Times, which says subjects displayed sufficient levels of antibodies that could be critical to warding off coronavirus infection. The paper also reports Ms Heard’s testimony at the High Court as part of what the Times says is the “biggest English libel trial of the 21st century”.
Image caption The Guardian reports the vaccine trial “breakthrough” is a preliminary finding. Elsewhere, the paper reports England’s chief nurse Ruth May as saying she was “dropped” from a No 10 news conference after refusing to back Mr Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings, following his trip to Barnard Castle during lockdown.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph leads with what it says are some of the findings of an upcoming report into Russian interference in UK politics. The paper says the report – due to be published on Tuesday morning – finds Moscow “tried to influence the result” of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.
Image caption There will be a “pay rise reward” for frontline public sector workers reports the Daily Express. The paper says teachers, doctors and nurses will be rewarded with “inflation-busting” pay increases.
Image caption Finally, the Daily Star reports Ms Heard’s testimony during the libel trial at the High Court in London. It reports Ms Heard’s claim that Mr Depp accused her of having an affair with actor Channing Tatum – whom the court heard Mr Depp dubbed “Mr Potato Head”.

Sign up for a morning briefing direct to your inbox