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UK regulator sees ‘no reason’ to discontinue AstraZeneca jab – Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson has said the UK’s medicines regulator sees “no reason to discontinue” using the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine despite several countries suspending its use.

The Prime Minister said the Covid-19 jab was safe and stressed that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) was one of the “toughest and most experienced” in the world.

It comes as Germany became the latest country to suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine following reports of blood clots in those who have had the shot.

Professor Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford University vaccine group, said while it was right that regulators investigated reports of such side effects, data from millions of people was “very reassuring” that there was no link.

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While on a visit to Coventry on Monday, Mr Johnson was asked for his views on the news that Ireland and the Netherlands had paused the rollout of the jab.

Asked directly if he could tell the public that the AstraZeneca vaccine was safe, he said: “Yes, I can. In the MHRA we have 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.

“They believe that they are highly effective in driving down not just hospitalisation but also serious disease and mortality.

“We continue to be very confident about the programme and it’s great to see it being rolled out at such speed across the UK.”

The German government said it was suspending its use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine as a “precaution” and on the advice of its national vaccine regulator.

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