PMQs: Johnson confirms he is having AstraZeneca vaccine
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Boris Johnson admitted that he remained confident in the UK’s vaccine rollout and strategy during Prime Minister’s Questions. Tory MP Steve Brine also asked that the Prime Minister voice his views on the temporary ban of the AstraZeneca vaccine ban in some EU nations. Mr Johnson reiterated his appreciation for the NHS and the excellent coronavirus vaccine rollout.
He added that he was pleased to hear that he has been booked in for his first coronavirus jab and insisted that he would be having the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Mr Brine said: “From gloom to joy and news from the Winchester that the vaccination programme is going really well.
“There are now less than 200,000 people in the whole of Hampshire and Isle of Wight left to do in cohorts one to nine.
“Will my right honourable friend please thank the NHS for this amazing effort and as he does that could he share with us his view on what lead to the disinformation and apparent abandonment of scientific evidence in certain EU member states around the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.”
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Mr Johnson thanked the NHS and gave details on his own vaccination plans.
He said: “Of course I thank the NHS in Hampshire and around the country for the amazing job they are doing in rolling out the vaccination programme.
“It has been truly stunning.
“Perhaps the best thing I can say about the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine programme that is I finally got news that I will be having my own jab very shortly.
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“I don’t know if the honourable gentleman has had his, oh he has had his.
“It will certainly be Oxford AstraZeneca that I will be having.”
This comes after multiple European member states have banned the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
These nations have done so as a temporary measure as they consider whether the vaccine causes blood clots, a severe reaction.
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However, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has insisted there is no evidence to suggest there is a link between the two.
Executive Director Emer Cooke of the EMA ssued a statement on Tuesday regarding the banning of the vaccine by multiple EU nations.
She said: “When you vaccinate millions of people it’s inevitable you have rare or serious incidences of illnesses that occur after vaccination.
“Our role is to evaluate these so we can figure out is this a real side effect or is it a coincidence.”
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