image caption“Vaccine arrives in the UK” is the i newspaper headline. It says the world’s first doses will be distributed to 53 vaccination hubs this weekend, with hospitals ready to roll out jabs from Tuesday and to care homes from 14 December after transportation and storage problems were overcome. The paper adds MI5 has advised ministers to keep freezer locations, required to store the jab, secret to prevent sabotage.
image captionThe Scottish Daily Mail describes the vaccine for care homes as an “early Christmas present”, but points out that the number of residents dying of Covid each week has risen to nearly 100 a week. All of Scotland’s 36,000 care home residents are in the top priority group for the new vaccine, along with vaccinators, health and care workers and those over the age of 80.
image captionBritain has hit back against “irresponsible” criticism of the rapid approval of the Pfizer vaccine, The Times reports. It also covers the announcement that frail elderly people may be able to be inoculated in their own homes, after the manufacturer confirmed that the vaccine remains viable for 12 hours after being taken from deep freeze storage.
image captionThe Metro focuses on “Gaffin’ Gavin”, referring to the Westminster Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who it says has been accused of sounding like a toddler after claiming Britain got the Covid-19 jab approved first because “we’re a much better country” than everyone else.
image captionThe Scottish Sun says Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Jeane Freeman gave mixed messages on the vaccine on Thursday. It quotes Scottish Conservatives Holyrood leader Ruth Davidson describing the announcements at First Minister’s Questions and later at a health briefing at Hoyrood as “mixed messages”.
image captionThe risk of Covid-19 in care homes is highlighted in The Press and Journal, which reports one home in Banchory has been locked down after 44 residents and staff became infected.
image captionAdded pressure from the pandemic has led to the NHS warning people not to attend A&E if their condition is not life threatening without first calling NHS24, The Scotsman reports.
image captionPlans to “embed” pharmacists, physiotherapists and mental health workers in GP surgeries will not meet an April 2021 deadline, despite a £250m investment to health and social care partnerships, The Herald reports. It says it is unclear where the money has gone.
image captionThe Brexit deal is “on the line over French fishing”, says the Daily Telegraph. It reports talks are heading for a showdown with “fears Macron may torpedo agreement at the last moment”. The paper says there had been hopes a deal was close but the British delegation was “taken aback after the EU made a series of ‘destabilising’ last-minute demands”.
image caption“What a cheek!” is the Daily Express’s take on the Brexit negotiations, as it says the EU has blocked talks at the 11th hour. It says the latest round of talks “did no go well” and British negotiators were thrown by the EU team introducing “new elements” which complicated things.
image captionA gang of “Scottish mums” are running a fake luxury goods business on social media, the Daily Record reports.
image captionExperts are working to unravel a mystery over a recovered body in Leith. The woman’s remains are thought to be 700 years old and archaeologists believe she may have been murdered.
image captionThe National leads on a study into 90 BBC journalists’ twitter feeds. It claims there is a “striking” difference between the number of MPs from England followed compared with those from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
image captionThe Evening Telegraph leads on a paedophile who fled his home when confronted by a mob and has been spared jail after five years on the run.
image captionA woman was left with a dog’s tooth “embedded” in her head after an attack by an American Bulldog, the Evening Express reports.
image captionWorkers at the Bifab yards face redundancy after going into administration, The Courier reports. Unions blamed the Scottish government for “a decade of political hypocrisy and failure”, it adds.
image captionThe Glasgow Times uses its front page to appeal for gifts for disadvantaged children to receive at Christmas.
image captionAnd the Daily Star asks if 2020 can get any stranger after a politician called Adolf Hitler won an election in Namibia. It says the newly elected councillor says his parents probably did not know what Hitler stood for and says he has “no plans for world domination”.