Newspaper Round Up: 4th of November 2020

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Daily Star
And it looks like the Daily Star is hedging its bets, declaring that - whether it's a 74-year-old Republican or a 77-year-old Democrat - an "old fart" has won the election.
Daily Express
The Daily Express, too, tells its readers Prof Whitty has "raised hopes of families being able to spend Christmas together" as GPs are put "on standby" to give out the vaccine. That's below a picture of Mr Trump looking "defiant to the last" as Americans "finally learn their fate".
Guardian
Election day was "both inspiring and unnerving" for the Guardian, which splashes a picture of Mr Biden visiting his childhood home in the swing state of Pennsylvania. It reports that Mr Trump was counting on what he called a "red wave" on election day - but both he and Mr Biden "signalled confidence before polls closed".
Daily Mail
The Daily Mail reports that the BBC will hold a fresh inquiry into claims from Princess Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, that journalist Martin Bashir secured an interview with her in 1995 through "sheer dishonesty". The corporation said it would investigate "substantive new information" but this was "hampered at the moment" by the fact that Bashir was "seriously unwell" and unable to discuss the claims.
Daily Mirror
The Pulse report is a "ray of hope" for Christmas, declares the Daily Mirror. The paper says England's Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris Whitty also offered Brits a "boost by suggesting lockdown could be over" before then, and that the R rate - the average number of people infected by each person who tests positive - should fall below one "in weeks".
Times
Voters cast their ballots in front of a US flag on the front page of the Times. Shops and businesses across the country were "boarded up amid fears fanned by Mr Trump of violence once polling stations closed", the paper says. It also reports that former President Barack Obama criticised Mr Trump's call for the results to be declared on the night as an attempt to delegitimise postal votes. More Democrats than Republicans applied for postal votes, it says.
i
But there is "no news yet on whether any trial vaccine will be effective, the timelines, or who could benefit," the i cautions. It quotes the Department of Health and Social Care saying there are "no certainties" but there is "a possibility" of a vaccine in the first part of 2021.
Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph is among the UK papers that lead on the US election despite going to press before polls closed. It points out that the 2020 contest between President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden could see "the highest turn out in more than a century" after more than 100 million Americans voted early.
Metro
The Metro reports that a coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out "for all front-line workers" and anyone over the age of 85 from next month. Citing GPs' magazine Pulse, it says "specialist teams will take the vaccine into places such as care homes". The report "represents the first firm indication of how the government will prioritise who will get a vaccine," it adds.