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Coronavirus vaccine news UK – Boris Johnson says AstraZeneca vaccine fears WON’T slow roadmap & defends Covid passports

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BORIS JOHNSON has refused to rule out Covid passports amid growing resistance – and said AstraZeneca jab fears won’t derail his roadmap.

Speaking of vaccine passports, the PM said it was a responsible to “look at the possibility of making sure that we can continue to open up all sectors of the economy in a safe way down the rest of this year” – and said he “will look at all possibilities.”

It was announced today that people under the age of 30 will now be offered alternatives to the AstraZeneca vaccine amid fears of extremely rare blood clots.

People aged 18-29 will now be given vaccine alternatives Pfizer or Moderna after reports of clotting cases throughout Europe.

This afternoon the EMA concluded that “unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects” of the jab.

And the UK’s regulatory body, the MHRA (The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), met today to discuss the blood clot risks and what age groups the jab should be given to.

Dr June Raine, Chief Executive for the MHRA, said the “risk remains extremely small” despite “evidence firming” up of links between jabs and blood clots.

She said there have been 71 clots reported up to March 31 – all occurred with the first dose.

Experts had earlier suggested the rollout to under-50s should also be halted amid fears of the unusual side-effects, but concern is largely for younger people.

Meanwhile the World Health Organisation (WHO) said a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots with low platelets was “plausible but not confirmed”.

The global health body in a statement said: “Based on current information, a causal relationship between the vaccine and the occurrence of blood clots with low platelets is considered plausible but is not confirmed.”

On Tuesday night the University of Oxford paused trials of its AstraZeneca vaccine on children and teenagers over concerns of the risk in young people.

probe has been launched to make sure the jab is completely safe before the trials restart.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the very latest news and updates on the pandemic

  • LABOUR CALLS FOR PROBE INTO JOHNSON’S ‘POLITICAL ATTACK’ ON LONDON MAYOR

    Labour is calling for an investigation into Boris Johnson’s verbal attack on London mayor Sadiq Khan during a televised Government press conference on coronavirus.

    The Prime Minister accused the Labour incumbent of “blowing” Transport for London (TfL) finances through an “irresponsible fares policy”, claims which have been rejected by Mr Khan.

    The remarks were made from Downing Street during the pre-election purdah for the London mayoral election on May 6, which places limits on Government publicity around the election.

    In a letter to Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner accused the Conservative leader of breaching the ministerial code in what she called a “political attack” on the Labour candidate.

    She said that the ministerial code “clearly states that official facilities and resources may not be used for the dissemination of party political material”.

  • FIVE FURTHER CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN SCOTLAND

    Scotland has recorded a further five coronavirus deaths and 289 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to latest figures.

    That brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7,619.

    The daily test positivity rate was 1.5%, down from 2% on Tuesday, the figures published by the Scottish Government on Wednesday show.

    It comes as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) became Scotland’s first health board to roll out the Moderna vaccine at The SSE Hydro on Wednesday.

    Unpaid carer Elle Taylor, from Ammanford, was the first person in the UK to receive the jab at the West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen on Wednesday

  • PM: RESPONSIBLE OF ANY GOVERNMENT’ TO LOOK AT COVID VACCINE PASSPORTS – BUT NO PLANS TO INTRODUCE THEM SOON

    Mr Johnson also said: “I’m here in Cornwall, we’re going to be looking at the opening of the holiday lets sector, which will be opening up from Monday, as well as beer gardens, shops are going to be open and we’re going to be talking to some of the shopkeepers, nobody’s going to need any kind of you know, certificate to go into a shop – and the same applies to May 17, when we’re going to be opening restaurants, inside restaurants, inside pubs, all that if we can continue, as I hope we can, with the road map that we have set out.

    “No plan for any kind of certificate there.

    “But clearly, it is going to be responsible for any government to look at the possibility of making sure that we can continue to open up all sectors of the economy in a safe way down the rest of this year and, you know, we will look at all possibilities.

    “But I have absolutely no doubt that we will continue with the road map that we set out in a safe and secure way, but nobody should think that there’s any need for certificates of any kind, either on April 12 or May 17.”

  • BORIS JOHNSON: ‘NO REASON AT THIS STAGE TO DEVIATE FROM ROADMAP’

    Mr Johnson was later asked if there were “any implications for the road map or for vaccine supplies” as a result of the guidance on not giving the AstraZeneca jabs to under-30s.

    Mr Johnson: “First of all, I’m massively grateful to the MHRA and the JCVI, they’ve done a fantastic job for our country throughout the pandemic, and they continue to do so.

    “And of course, we will be following their guidance completely.

    “These vaccines are safe, they’ve saved many thousands of lives and people should come forward to get their jabs and we’ll make sure that they get the right jabs.

    “And of course, I don’t see any reason at this stage at all to think we need to deviate from the road map. And we’re also very secure about our supply.”

  • BORIS JOHNSON DODGES QUESTION ON WHETHER COVID PASSPORTS WILL COME INTO EFFECT FROM JUNE 21

    The PM was asked if Covid certificates will apply from June 21 rather than earlier.

    Mr Johnson replied: “It’s just very important for everybody to understand the priority is to vaccinate as many people as we can across the whole of the UK.

    “That’s what we’re doing. It is going well, so far. And I thank people for coming forward to be vaccinated.

    “We do believe it is building a defensive shield in our population against the virus. That’s pretty clear from the evidence, we’ve done getting on for 32 million jabs now, and many, many people have now had their second jab as well. So they have a very high degree of immunity. And that’s a great thing to see, and that’s the priority.

    “You won’t need any kind of you know certificate from Monday.”

  • BORIS JOHNSON: ‘IT IS IMPORTANT EVERYONE CONTINUES TO GET VACCINATED’ AS HE BELIEVES AZ JAB ‘IS SAFE’

    The PM was asked: “Given the increasing evidence of a link between AZ and blood clots, how do you reassure people that the AZ vaccine is safe?”

    Mr Johnson replied: “Well, I think, obviously, we believe it to be safe. But the crucial thing for everybody is to listen to what the scientists, the experts, the medical experts have to say later on today, they’ll be setting out the exact medical position, follow that advice, and that’s what the Government will be doing.

    “But we’ll be getting on with rolling out the vaccine programme. As you know, we’ve done I think three fifths of the adult population of this country now.

    “And you know, you can really start to see some of the benefits of that in the, it’s pretty clear that the decline in the number of deaths, the decline in the number of hospitalisations, is being fuelled, is being assisted, the steepness of that decline is being helped by the rollout of the vaccines.

    “And so it is very important for everybody to continue to get your jab when you’re asked to do it and get your second jab when you’re asked to come forward for your turn.”

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  • WHO SAYS LINK BETWEEN AZ VACCINE AND BLOOD CLOTS ‘PLAUSIBLE BUT NOT CONFIRMED’

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) said a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots with low platelets was “plausible but not confirmed”.

    Following briefings on the subject by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) earlier on Tuesday, WHO said its Covid-19 Global Advisory Subcommittee (GACVS) believed more specialised studies were needed to “fully understand the potential relationship”.

    In a statement, the WHO said: “Based on current information, a causal relationship between the vaccine and the occurrence of blood clots with low platelets is considered plausible but is not confirmed.”

    WHO said its GACVS subcommittee “will continue to gather and review further data, as it has done since the beginning of the Covid vaccine programme”.

    The statement said: “It is important to note that whilst concerning, the events under assessment are very rare, with low numbers reported among the almost 200 million individuals who have received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine around the world.

    “Rare adverse events following immunizations should be assessed against the risk of deaths from Covid-19 disease and the potential of the vaccines to prevent infections and reduce deaths due to diseases. In this context, it should be noted that as of today, at least 2.6 million people have died of COVID-19 disease worldwide.”

  • IRELAND RECORDS FIVE NEW COVID-19 DEATHS AND 423 NEW CASES

    There have been five further deaths related to Covid-19 in Ireland and an additional 423 confirmed cases, the Department of Health has said.

    Of the deaths, four of them occurred in April and one took place in February.

    There are currently 232 Covid-19 patients in hospital, of which 56 are in intensive care units.

    As of April 4, Ireland has administered 936,087 coronavirus vaccine doses.

    Of these, 663,411 people have received their first dose and 272,676 have received their second dose.

  • WATCH: UK ‘SUPER-COVID’ VARIANT IS NOW THE DOMINANT STRAIN OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE US, CDC SAYS

    UK ‘super-Covid’ variant is now the DOMINANT strain of coronavirus in the US, CDC says
  • DUCHESS OF CONRWALL MUCKS IN AND HELPS WITH VACCINE ROLLOUT

    The Duchess of Cornwall helped prepare Pfizer vaccines during a visit to an inoculation centre and had a brief encounter with a needle.

    Camilla gently shook a phial of vaccine mixed with saline solution a number of times after Dr Russell Hearn invited her to join in the process during a visit to the Tottenham Vaccine Centre in north London.

    She was told each bottle could inoculate six people and replied: “Oh there’s going to be six! Goodness, it looks tiny. I always thought you got a whole one.”

    During her time in the London borough of Haringey the duchess also met members of the area’s Muslim community during a separate visit to learn about their work supporting others during the pandemic and to donate Buckingham Palace corgi keyrings and royal stickers.

    The Duchess of Cornwall meeting visitors during a visit to the Lordship Lane Primary Care Centre Vaccination Centre in London
    The Duchess of Cornwall meeting visitors during a visit to the Lordship Lane Primary Care Centre Vaccination Centre in LondonCredit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph
  • SOUTH AMERICA NOW MOST ‘WORRYING REGION FOR COVID-19 INFECTIONS’, SAYS HEALTH BODY

    South America is the most worrying region for Covid-19 infections, as cases mount in nearly every country, the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday.

    “Nowhere are infections as worrisome as in South America”, PAHO Director Carissa Etienne said during PAHO’s weekly press conference.

    Intensive care units are nearing capacity in Peru and Ecuador and in parts of Bolivia and Colombia cases have doubled in the last week, Etienne said, adding the southern cone is also experiencing acceleration in cases

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  • COVID-19: UNDER-30S TO BE OFFERED ALTERNATIVE TO ASTRAZENECA VACCINE

    People under the age of 30 will be offered alternatives to the AstraZeneca vaccine after the UK medicines regulator said there was a possible link between the jab and “extremely rare” blood clots.

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh the risks overall, but while it has not concluded that the vaccine causes rare brain clots, it says the link is getting firmer.

    The MHRA said the balance of risk for the AstraZeneca vaccine is very favourable for older people but “more finely balanced” for younger groups, who do not tend to suffer serious Covid illness.

    As a result, people aged 18 to 29 will be offered the Pfizer, Moderna or other jabs that come on stream as the vaccination programme rolls out across the UK.

    Separately, a review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded on Wednesday that “unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects” of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

  • PM DEFENDS APPROACH TO VACCINE PASSPORTS (CONTINUED…)

    He again stressed that Covid status certificates would not be introduced for either the April 12 or May 17 steps on the road map, which will see hospitality venues in England open outdoors initially and then indoors.

    A Government review into “Covid status certification” said they could “potentially play a role” in settings such as theatres, nightclubs and mass events, and might also be used in pubs and restaurants to reduce social distancing restrictions.

    Although the documents would not be required on public transport and essential shops and services, the review leaves open the possibility of customers having to show their certificate to enter other retailers.

    The documents would record – either on an NHS app or a paper certificate – whether someone has had a vaccine, a recent negative coronavirus test or natural immunity having recovered from Covid-19.

    During a visit to Plymouth, Sir Keir told broadcasters: “We do not support the Government’s plans in their current form, it’s as simple as that. In fact the Government’s plans seem to be changing on an almost daily basis. Only a few weeks ago the Prime Minister was saying he was thinking of vaccine passports to go to the pub – now he says isn’t. One day he’s talking about tests – then it’s certificates. It’s a complete mess.”

  • JOHNSON DEFENDS APPROACH TO COVID-19 PASSPORTS IN FACE OF MOUNTING OPPOSITION

    Boris Johnson insisted that “all possibilities” will be examined to open up the economy as resistance mounted against proposals to introduce coronavirus health certificates.

    Labour and the SNP have joined Tory rebels in ruling out backing the proposals as they stand.

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called the current state of play on so-called vaccine passports a “complete mess” on Wednesday, warning that they could be a vast waste of taxpayers’ money when the focus should be on administering jabs.

    He joined SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford in saying their opposition MPs would not back the plans in their current form if the Prime Minister put them to a Commons vote.

    But the Prime Minister, on a visit to Cornwall, said it was a responsible approach for any government to “look at the possibility of making sure that we can continue to open up all sectors of the economy in a safe way down the rest of this year and, you know, we will look at all possibilities”.

  • UK COVID DEATHS DROP 45 PER CENT IN A MONTH AS 45 MORE PEOPLE DIE

    THE number of people who have died with Covid has plunged almost 50 per cent in a month as another 45 deaths were recorded.

    Meanwhile, numbers of those newly-diagnosed with the deadly bug have plunged 46 per cent per cent month-on-month, with another 2,763 cases overnight.

    Read more here.

  • ONE IN TEN HAVE RECEIVED BOTH DOSES

    One in 10 adults in Britain have now received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

    He tweeted: “I want to thank the whole team involved – the NHS, armed forces, councils, scientists, volunteers, pharmacists & the British public.

    “This is a mammoth team effort.”

  • BORIS GIVES MESSAGE OF REASSURANCE OVER ASTRAZENECA JAB

    Boris Johnson has sought to reassure Brits that the Astrazeneca vaccine is safe following today’s developments.

    He wrote on Twitter: “Thank you @MHRAgovuk and JCVI for your important work looking at the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has updated on the potential for extremely rare side effects.

    “As the regulators have said, this vaccine is safe, effective and has already saved thousands of lives – and the vast majority of people should continue to take it when offered.

    “We will follow today’s updated advice, which should allow people of all ages to continue to have full confidence in vaccines, helping us save lives and cautiously return towards normality.”

  • JVT CONFIRMS MODERNA WILL BE ROLLED OUT NEXT MONTH

    The Moderna vaccine will be administered in England from mid-April, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam added.

    He told the briefing: “We do expect to have quantities of Moderna beginning to be deployed from mid-April in England.

    “The UK has placed orders with Janssen, we do not yet have certainty on the timing of delivery, but that vaccine could become available over the summer.”

  • JVT: JABS PROGRAMME STILL ON TRACK

    Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the change in advice for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should not delay the rollout of jabs.

    He told the briefing: “The programme should not be delayed because of this change in course, everything should stay on course.”

  • UK COVID DEATHS DROP 45 PER CENT IN A WEEK

    The number of people who have died with Covid has plunged almost 50 per cent in a month as another 45 deaths were recorded.

    Meanwhile, numbers of those newly-diagnosed with the deadly bug have plunged 46 per cent per cent month-on-month, with another 2,763 cases overnight.

  • YOUNGER BRITS SHOULD ‘MAKE THEIR OWN DECISION’

    JCVI chair Professor Wei Shen recommended those who are just over the age in which the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab will no longer be offered should make their own decision but insisted taking it is the safer option.

    He told the briefing: “For somebody who is 31 or 32 I think they have to make their own decision as to what they want to do about vaccination.

    “We would still say that the balance is in favour of being vaccinated because of the risk from Covid-19 and the protection the vaccine offers.”

  • IMMUNE RESPONSE IS ‘PLAUSIBLE’ EXPLANATION FOR BLOOD CLOTS

    A plausible explanation for rare blood clotting side effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine could be an immune response similar to conditions seen in patients treated with the anticoagulant – commonly known as blood thinner – heparin, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said.

    Dr Sabine Straus, EMA safety committee chairwoman Dr Sabine Straus, said: “Current available data did not allow us to identify a definite cause for these complications.

    “However possible plausible explanations have been put forward, including an immune response that leads to a condition that seems similar to atypical to heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.”

  • IMMUNE RESPONSE IS ‘PLAUSIBLE’ EXPLANATION FOR BLOOD CLOTS

    A plausible explanation for rare blood clotting side effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine could be an immune response similar to conditions seen in patients treated with the anticoagulant – commonly known as blood thinner – heparin, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said.

    Dr Sabine Straus, EMA safety committee chairwoman Dr Sabine Straus, said: “Current available data did not allow us to identify a definite cause for these complications.

    “However possible plausible explanations have been put forward, including an immune response that leads to a condition that seems similar to atypical to heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.”



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