THERE is NO proof that the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine causes blood clots, the deputy chief medical officer has stated. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam this evening.
His comments come after 20 countries paused the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
France and Germany yesterday admitted their ban was political – as MPs accused them of sulking over Britain’s more successful rollout.
New figures out today show the UK jabbed a total of 25,273,226 people between December 8 and March 16 with first doses, while 1,759,445 people have had their second dose.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference this evening, Professor Van-Tam highlighted that there are side effects with most medications.
Addressing the nation he read out a statement from the EMA (European Medicines Agency), which stated that the AstraZeneca jab is safe for use.
To get his point across, Prof Van-Tam read out all of the side effects which could occur from using paracetamol – which most people use without considering possible health issues that could arise.
Prof Van-Tam said that there has been “lots of work” going in to see whether there is a signal to clots caused by the AstraZeneca vaccines.
Pictures of empty vaccination centres show the scale of the problem as millions of people across Europe continue to be left unprotected from the deadly virus.
Prof Van-Tam appeared alongside Health Secretary Matt Hancock who in an article for The Sun today urged people to keep getting the jab as there was no evidence it caused blood clots.
He wrote: “I want to reassure Sun readers — there is no evidence that vaccines caused these clots.
“Don’t just take my word for it — this is the view of the UK’s medicines regulator the MHRA, the European Medicines Agency, who reviewed the evidence just yesterday, the World Health Organisation and countless doctors and clinical experts who have made their views clear in these pages and elsewhere.
“Throughout our successful vaccine roll-out safety comes first, above all else, and the MHRA keeps careful watch to make sure the public are kept safe.