What the papers say – March 26

A collection of British newspapers
A collection of British newspapers (PA Archive)
4:57am, Fri 26 Mar 2021
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Jabs, EU tensions and differing takes on the “pub passport” are splashed across the front pages.

The public will be protected against newer strains of coronavirus with booster shots offered as part of a ‘revaccination campaign” from October, the reports, though the Financial Times notes the global rollout has been dealt a blow after India banned vaccine exports.

The Daily Express, meanwhile, is confident the UK’s vaccination programme “will complete on time despite the EU paving the way to block jabs”.

Metro also focuses on the bloc, with the paper saying French President Emmanuel Macron “has made the startling confession the EU is to blame for botching” its vaccine rollout.

Hospitality bosses have told the Daily Mail that plans for drinkers to use a “pub passport” on their phones to prove they are Covid-free constitute “madness”.

But The Guardian reports the Government believes the pub check strategy could help tackle vaccine hesitancy among young people.

Grieving family members in the Daily Mirror call on the Prime Minister to set a date for an inquiry “into his mishandling” of the pandemic.

The NHS will spend £96 million to increase staffing of doctors and midwives on maternity wards following the scandal at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, The Independent reports.

The Times and The Daily Telegraph say Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has weighed in after a West Yorkshire teacher was suspended for reportedly showing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed to pupils.

And the Daily Star has a photograph of “a bloke in a digger” as it says “one man and his dog” are fixing the new Suez canal crisis.

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