UK's Boris Johnson Says AstraZeneca Jab Safe, Getting His on Friday

What is 'CSVT'? The extremely rare blood clot which affected five Brits vaccinated with Oxford's jab

The EU regulator's decision came as safety concerns over the AstraZeneca vaccine have been simmering here as the country has reported two suspected cases of blood clots related to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The prime minister was himself treated in hospital for Covid-19 in April 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic.

But he said he expected many of those would decide to get the jab after "a pause for thought", adding that Covid was still a "very unsafe disease".

The risk of dying of Covid-19 for someone in their 40s, by comparison, was around one in 1,000, the MHRA said - the risk is higher for older people and lower for younger.

The problem with a shipment from the Serum Institute of India (SII) has been blamed by the body's chief on the country's government, although Mr Johnson said Narendra Modi's administration has not stopped any exports.

However, he warned the United Kingdom needed to keep variants of concern "at bay" until it could update vaccines and roll them out to the whole population.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said: "We're really not in a battle with each other or the vaccine, we're battling a ruthless killer that within the European Union has killed 600,000 people in the past year".

"Perhaps more concern for the United Kingdom though is that some countries are notably seeing a significant fraction, 5-10% of cases, of the South African variant", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Instead he said "a more bespoke arrangement" to mitigate the risks, perhaps including testing of arrivals, would be needed.

The European Medicines Agency stated on Thursday that it had not found any direct connection between the AstraZeneca shot and blood clots developing in people who have received it.

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The EU's medicines regulator is closely reviewing how safe AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine is, after reports of blood-clot deaths led several countries to suspended its use, an official said Monday.

France, Italy and Germany, along with Cyprus, Latvia and Lithuania, have confirmed they will resume rollout of the Oxford shot on Friday, while Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands said they will follow suit next week, although Spain said it could exclude certain groups.

Taiwan has completed checks on its first batch of AstraZeneca Plc COVID-19 vaccines and the first shots may start being administered from Monday, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said.

French prime minister Jean Castex received the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday.

Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford vaccine group, said the European Medicines Agency calling the AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective would help "rebuild confidence".

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Earlier, a senior scientific adviser said the United Kingdom must keep the South African Covid-19 variant at bay as some European countries report a third wave of infections. Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa on Managing the Drug Crisis in the country, State governors committed to supporting the logistics and operational activities of NDLEA officials in their States, as well as programmes that will promote drug use prevention in the country.

Therefore, the health experts say that given the extremely rare rate of occurrence of these CSVT events among the 11 million people vaccinated, and as a link to the vaccine is unproven, the benefits of the vaccine in preventing Covid-19, with its associated risk of hospitalisation and death, continue to outweigh the risks of potential side effects. One of these was fatal.

Europe's drugs watchdog has spotted an additional 13 reports of CSVT in the continent's vaccinated population.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries to continue using the vaccine, and is due to release the results of its own review into the vaccine's safety later on Friday.

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