The Papers: Jabs for all adults 'by July' and ‘free by summer’

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The Mail on Sunday front page 21 February 2021The Mail on Sunday and most other papers lead with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's pledge that every adult in the UK will be offered at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of July. The previous target for all adults was autumn.
The Sunday Telegraph front page 21 February 2021The Sunday Telegraph says the new target for over-18s has raised hopes of holidays abroad and the return of outdoor events by August. Mr Johnson also confirmed that 45 million people living in England will have been invited to receive their first dose two months earlier than previously expected. And over-50s, who have accounted for 98% of Covid deaths, will be offered a vaccine by 15 April - two weeks ahead of schedule. Meanwhile, the paper carries a photo of the Prince of Wales visiting his father in hospital in London on Saturday after the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted on Tuesday.
The Sunday Express front page 21 February 2021The Sunday Express labels the PM's plan to offer a vaccination to every adult in the UK by the end of July "ambitious". Ahead of Mr Johnson unveiling his road map out of lockdown in England on Monday, the paper says MPs and campaigners are urging him not to be "over-cautious", with fears that many restrictions could be in place throughout the summer.
The Sunday Mirror front page 21 February 2021The Sunday Mirror also leads with the announcement that all adults will be offered the coronavirus jab by the end of July. Pubs and shops could even be open at Easter, the paper adds.
The Sunday People front page 21 February 2021"Free by summer" is the headline dominating the front of the Sunday People, accompanied by a picture of a packed British beach with the caption "vax to normal".
The Observer front page 21 February 2021Elsewhere, a scientist and adviser to the government has told the Observer that data on the number of Covid-19 cases is so encouraging that outdoor sports for children and some adults should be allowed. Prof Mark Woolhouse, an infectious disease epidemiology expert, said the data was "extremely good" and "far better" than he was expecting two or three weeks ago. Separately, the paper reports that household poverty has soared during the pandemic, with the number of British households plunged into destitution more than doubling last year - from 197,400 to 421,500.
The Sunday Times front page 21 February 2021The Sunday Times says the Duke of Cambridge is "really sad and genuinely shocked" by his brother's behaviour after it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would not return as working members of the Royal Family. The paper quotes sources close to Prince William who is allegedly unhappy with the statement issued by his brother and Meghan confirming they were giving up their royal duties.
The Daily Star Sunday front page 21 February 2021And finally, the Daily Star Sunday says the late comedian Les Dawson is keeping an eye on his grandson from beyond the grave, according to his daughter, Charlotte. "I've felt his presence," she told the paper.

Many of Sunday's papers focus on the pledge to offer a coronavirus vaccine to all adults by the end of July, and what it could mean for Boris Johnson's plan to lift the lockdown in England.

The Sunday Telegraph says hopes have been raised for foreign holidays and the return of outdoor events by August.

"Free by summer" declares the headline on the front of the Sunday People, while the Sunday Mirror goes with "vax to normal".

It hails the vaccination drive as a "super-human effort", which it claims could lead to the opening of pubs and shops at Easter.

The Conservative MP, and chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, Mark Harper, has written in the Sun on Sunday that it would make sense for Covid-secure pubs and restaurants to open for Easter, to avoid businesses "going to the wall" and to protect jobs.

The Mail on Sunday says hospitality bosses are ready for an "Alfresco April", having spent months preparing to serve customers outdoors, but it believes the full reopening of the sector will be put off until May.

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A scientist and adviser to the government has told the Observer that data on the number of Covid-19 cases is so encouraging that outdoor sports for children and small numbers of adults should be allowed immediately.

Prof Mark Woolhouse said the data was "extremely good" and "far better" than he was expecting two or three weeks ago.

The Sunday Times has spoken to sources close the Duke of Cambridge about the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from royal life.

It claims Prince William was "shocked and saddened" by his brother's behaviour towards the Queen.

The paper claims the row between William and Harry risks becoming the most serious rift between two royal brothers since George VI was thrust onto the throne by the abdication of Edward VIII.

The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex attending the Christmas Day Church service in 2018PA MediaThe Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex attending the Christmas Day Church service in 2018

The Sun on Sunday reports that Prince Harry and Meghan recorded what it describes as their "bombshell" chat with Oprah Winfrey last week, before they were stripped of their royal roles.

In the Sunday Express, the royal author Margaret Holder discusses rumours that Meghan may be considering an eventual move into American politics, suggesting that the interview would be the ideal platform for her to launch her manifesto.

And the Sunday Times reports that coffee grounds and old tyres could soon be used to make eco-friendly steel - thanks to a breakthrough by an engineer based in Australia.

Prof Veena Sahajwalla, who will present her invention to the Royal Society in London tomorrow, said her approach was inspired by her upbringing in Mumbai - where every scrap of rubbish and waste is seen as a commodity.

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