British Prime Minister is Squarely Behind AstraZeneca Vaccine
AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine is safe, and the British government is confident in the vaccination campaign with the drug from the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday before Germany, France, and Italy had stopped using the vaccine as a precaution. The Netherlands had already decided to do so on Sunday evening.
Millions of people in the UK have already been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. “Yes, I can,” Johnson said when asked if he could reassure people. He pointed to the British medicine watchdog, who he says is one of the most sturdy and experienced regulators globally.
According to the prime minister, he sees “no reason” to end the vaccination program in his country.
Reports of blood clots in people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine have led to shutdowns in many EU countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that there is currently no evidence that the vaccine causes the incidents.
The company itself on Sunday shared an analysis of the data of more than 17 million people who received the corona vaccine in Europe. This has “provided no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or thrombocytopenia, in any particular age group, gender, batch, or country”.