British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday defended the security of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, after a number of European international locations halted its rollout over blood clot fears.
Germany, Italy and France on Monday joined others in suspending the vaccine, dealing a possible blow to the worldwide immunisation marketing campaign towards a illness that has killed greater than 2.6 million individuals.
However, the World Health Organization, AstraZeneca, and the European Medicines Agency have insisted the shot is protected, and that there is no such thing as a hyperlink between it and reported blood clots.
The British chief on Tuesday echoed assurances that the jab was not dangerous.
“That vaccine is safe and works extremely well,” Johnson wrote in The Times newspaper.
“It is being made in multiple places from India to the US, as well as Britain, and it is being used around the world,” he added.
Fears have grown in some international locations over the security of the AstraZeneca vaccine after a number of circumstances of blood clots or mind haemorrhages in individuals after receiving the inoculation, with a small variety of deaths reported.
But AstraZeneca and medical consultants in Britain have mentioned there is no such thing as a proof of clots being brought on by the jab or that they’re occurring in higher numbers or frequency than within the basic inhabitants.
The vaccine was developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford in Britain, the place greater than 11 million doses have been administered, with none main issues reported.
On Monday, Johnson informed reporters that Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is “one of the toughest and most experienced regulators in the world”.
“They see no reason at all to discontinue the vaccination programme… for either of the vaccines that we’re currently using,” he mentioned.
“They imagine that they’re extremely efficient in driving down not simply hospitalisation but in addition severe illness and mortality.
“We proceed to be very assured in regards to the programme and it is nice to see it being rolled out at such velocity throughout the UK.”
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