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Boris Johnson to receive AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

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Boris Johnson has said he is due to have his Covid-19 vaccine shortly and it will “be Oxford AstraZeneca”.

In a show of support for the jab, which more than a dozen European countries have stopped using, the Prime Minister told MPs: “I think perhaps the best thing I can say about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine programme is that I finally got news that I’m going to have my own jab very shortly, I’m pleased to discover…

“It will certainly be Oxford/AstraZeneca that I will be having.”

His comments came as the number of people to have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in the UK passed 25 million.

Number 10 said Mr Johnson is expected to get his Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine later this week.

It is understood the NHS told the Prime Minister he would receive the AstraZeneca jab because of the public interest surrounding the vaccine.

But it is unclear whether Downing Street had specifically requested it.

Meanwhile, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen suggested exports of coronavirus vaccines could be halted to countries with higher vaccination rates.

In what appeared to be a veiled threat to the UK, she told reporters in Brussels: “We are exporting a lot to countries that are themselves producing vaccines and we think this is an invitation to be open, so that we also see exports from those countries coming back to the European Union.

“The second point that is of importance to us: we will reflect on whether exports to countries who have higher vaccination rates than us are still proportionate.”

Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses for Europe including the UK are being produced in BioNTech’s German manufacturing sites, as well as in Pfizer’s manufacturing site in Belgium. Part of the Moderna vaccine is set to be finished in Spain.

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The comments came after a leading expert said people across Europe will die from Covid-19 as a direct consequence of the decision to halt rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Professor Jeremy Brown, from the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said the move by several European countries to suspend the vaccine over blood clot fears was “not sensible” and “not logical”.

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