What the papers say – March 20

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Debate over the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab and concerns over a pandemic third wave are splashed across the papers on Saturday.

The Daily Telegraph reports the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce chief Kate Bingham has said the hesitancy over the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe is “irresponsible” and is encouraging anti-vaccinationists.

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The Daily Star has a humorous take on the same story, with a front page wild west-style poster featuring three European leaders it says are “wanted” for “global scaremongering, vaccine nationalism” and being “pathetic big sulky babies”.

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The Times leads on the “alarm” over a new Covid wave on the continent, with scientists warning Britain could follow.

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And the i weekend says a new survey shows two-thirds of Britons feel better prepared to face future crises after enduring the pandemic.

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Meanwhile, The Guardian reports taxpayer-funded Government furlough money has found its way into the hands billionaire tax exiles, the British National Party, Saudi royals and gulf states including Dubai.

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The Daily Express leads on a poll of readers saying the Duke of Sussex should apologise to the Queen for his “bombshell claims” about the royal family.

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Election watchdogs are quizzing Tory party chiefs over the “lavish makeover” of Boris Johnson’s flat, according to the Daily Mail.

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The FT Weekend says the Government is drawing up a plan to save the Liberty Steel group.

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And the Daily Mirror leads on a celebrity divorce, this time between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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