UK Health Minister Matt Hancock has continued to urge Brits to continue taking the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine insisting the jab is safe.
He said this on Wednesday after some European nations – including the Republic of Ireland – opted to temporarily suspend the use of the vaccine over its alleged side-effects
Concerns over the vaccine’s links to causing blood clots have been cited as the reason for its suspension in several countries, though AstraZeneca HQ, but the European Medical Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), have all since dismissed the suggestion that there is any evidence to support such a link.
“That’s what the British regulator says but also the World Health Organisation and even the European regulator.
“Now we keep the effects of these vaccines under review all the time and we know the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is saving lives in the UK right now.
“So if you get the call, get the jab.”
His stance on the continued vaccination follows response from the EMA, who stated earlier that they are “of the view that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing Covid-19, with its associated risk of hospitalisation and death, outweigh the risk of side effects.”
They added: “The number of thromboembolic events overall in vaccinated people seems not to be higher than that seen in the general population.”