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Coronavirus vaccine Scotland’s papers: Vaccine ‘breakthrough’ and Russia’s indyref ‘link’


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Coronavirus vaccine Scotland’s papers: Vaccine ‘breakthrough’ and Russia’s indyref ‘link’

Image caption “Vaccine for Christmas” is the Daily Mail’s prediction after positive news from the Oxford trial. The paper says the results from the trial of 1,000 people are a “vital first step”, but caution that further research is needed. The paper also reports Amber Heard’s evidence at the Johnny Depp libel trial. Mr Depp,…

Coronavirus vaccine Scotland’s papers: Vaccine ‘breakthrough’ and Russia’s indyref ‘link’

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“Vaccine for Christmas” is the Daily Mail’s prediction after positive news from the Oxford trial. The paper says the results from the trial of 1,000 people are a “vital first step”, but caution that further research is needed. The paper also reports Amber Heard’s evidence at the Johnny Depp libel trial. Mr Depp, 57, is suing the publisher of The Sun over an article that referred to him as a “wife beater” – but the newspaper maintains it was accurate.

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The i makes a similar prediction – “breakthrough vaccine could be ready by end of year,” the paper says. The “major step forward” could double protection against the coronavirus, the paper adds.

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The “milestone” clinical trial also leads The Times, which says subjects displayed sufficient levels of antibodies that could be critical to warding off coronavirus infection. The paper also reports Ms Heard’s testimony at the High Court in London as part of what The Times says is the “biggest English libel trial of the 21st century”.

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The Scotsman says the Medical Research Council, which helped to fund research into the vaccine, says clinical trials have shown that it has “no safety concerns and evokes strong immune responses”.

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The Herald adds a cautious note, saying it is still unclear how long people’s response to the potential vaccine lasts as the published results only covered the first 56 days of the trial.

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The Sun says the new anti-viral drug may cut the risk of death or serious illness in Covid patients by nearly 80%.

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The Courier’s Dundee edition has an interview with Prof James Chalmers from Dundee University who says that, if the next stage of the vaccine trials prove successful, it could be “not so much a game-changer as a game-ender”.

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The Daily Express reports that Scots will now be free to go on holiday to Spain, and Spaniards to travel to Scotland, without facing 14 days of self-isolation on their return after the Scottish government lifted quarantine restrictions.

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The Daily Telegraph leads with what it says are some of the findings of an upcoming report into alleged Russian interference in UK politics. The paper says the report – due to be published on Tuesday morning – finds Moscow “tried to influence the result” of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

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Labour MSP Monica Lennon tells the Daily Record she urged police to investigate the firm at the centre of the test and trace Covid-19 outbreak after workers feared they were being put at risk.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was not told of Boris Johnson’s plans to visit Scotland this week, according to The National. The “snub” is being described as an “act of gross discourtesy” by one of her predecessors, Henry McLeish.

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The Daily Star reports Amber Heard’s testimony during the libel trial at the High Court in London. It reports Ms Heard’s claim that Mr Depp accused her of having an affair with actor Channing Tatum – whom the court heard Mr Depp dubbed “Mr Potato Head”.

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The Evening Express reports that homophobic hate crimes have increased by 68% in Aberdeen.

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Bosses at Edinburgh Airport have joined union leaders in calling for Nicola Sturgeon to give more support to the aviation industry, according to the Edinburgh News.

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The Glasgow Times says fly-tippers have left Drumchapel residents in “constant fear” of vandals setting hundreds of dumped tyres alight and causing a massive “toxic” blaze.

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The Evening Telegraph says residents at a tower block estate in Dundee have complained that they are being “plagued” by drug users posing as police officers and postal workers.

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The Press and Journal reports on the case of an 84-year-old driver who has been jailed for killing a cyclist after ignoring warnings that his eyesight was too poor for him to be behind the wheel.

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