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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken to the lectern at No 10 Downing Street to update the UK on the latest coronavirus news.
He was joined by the Chief Medical Officer for England Prof Chris Whitty and Dr June Raine, the chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
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Here were some of the key points:
The PM says the UK’s medicines regulator, the MHRA, has confirmed the benefits of getting the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine “far outweigh any risks”, in response to concerns about a small number of people getting blood clots after receiving a jab
MHRA chief executive Dr June Raine says the “rigorous scientific review” shows there is “no difference” in the number of blood clots occuring in people who have had the jab compared with those who have not
England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, says the findings support the overwhelming view of scientists across the globe – that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe
Johnson says the continued fast pace of the country’s vaccine rollout will help life to get back to normal
He says the UK should have “no anxiety” about its vaccine supply, despite the warning of a dip in available jabs for next month
Johnson adds that the Indian government hasn’t blocked any exports to the UK and says the delay is due to various technical reasons
The PM also revealed he will get his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine tomorrow.
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Covid-19 update UK today, Boris Johnson. With BSL signing.
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