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Hancock insists AstraZeneca vaccine is safe amid blood clot fears

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Matt Hancock has sought to reassure the public that the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is safe and urged: “if you get the call, get the jab”.

But the Health Secretary told broadcasters on Tuesday: “The Oxford AstraZeneca jab is safe, we know that over 10 million people have had it in this country, and that’s what the British regulator says but also the World Health Organisation and even the European regulator.

“We keep the effects of these vaccines under review all the time and we know that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is saving lives in the UK right now so if you get the call, get the jab.”

Mr Hancock said “huge numbers” of people are still taking up the jab, adding: “The enthusiasm for getting the vaccine is incredibly strong and we’re still seeing that.”

It comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a new statement saying it was also evaluating the reports, but still believed the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweighed any risks.

Emer Cooke, the EMA’s executive director, told a press briefing on Tuesday there was no current indication that the Oxford/AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine was the cause of the “very rare” reported blood clots.

“I want to stress at present there is no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions,” she said.

“They have not come up in the clinical trials and they are not listed as known side events with this vaccine.

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