image captionBritain’s vaccines are “highly effective” against the coronavirus variant first detected in India, government scientists have said, the Sunday Telegraph reports. Public Health England experts said the first real-world data showed double doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccines were nearly as effective against the emerging strain as they are against the dominant Kent variant.
image captionThe Mail on Sunday says the findings mean Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions is “back on track”. The paper says experts at the government’s Porton Down research centre have concluded that the vaccines work to stop infection, transmission and hospitalisation in the same way as they do with the Kent strain.
image captionFor the Sunday Express, the “astounding” new data shows Britain is “winning the war” against Covid-19. The paper reports that two doses of the Pfizer vaccine give an 88% protection against symptomatic infection, while two AstraZeneca jabs give a 60% rate.
image captionThe Sunday People leads on the same story. But it points out that one dose is only 33% effective in preventing symptomatic infection, meaning there is a “scramble” to deliver doses more quickly.
image captionDominic Cummings has accused Mr Johnson of pursuing a secret policy of herd immunity in response to the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Sunday Times. The PM’s former chief aide also claimed that all three lockdowns could have been avoided if someone “competent” had been in charge.
image captionMinisters are to conduct a wider-than-anticipated review of the BBC’s operations next year, the Observer reports, as recriminations over the controversial Panorama interview in 1995 with Diana, Princess of Wales, grow. The corporation’s former director-general, Lord Hall, resigned his post as director of the National Gallery on Saturday in the wake of Lord Justice Dyson’s independent report into the programme.
image captionThe Sunday Mirror quotes family members of Michael Jackson, who was also interviewed by Mr Bashir. The singer’s nephew, Taj, accuses Mr Bashir of “unethical” journalism, reports the paper.
image captionAnd finally, football commentator Clive Tyldesley has said swearing on air would give football more “street cred”, reports the Daily Star Sunday. The paper quotes the 66-year-old as saying that commentators should be allowed one F-word per season.