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Hannah Rogers | 19 March, 2021, 20:37

Separately, there have been reports of unexpected deaths among those who were inoculated with the UK-Swedish vaccine, raising grave concerns about about its general safety.

Taiwan's first vaccines - 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca shot - arrived on the island earlier this month, though they have yet to start being administered.

Meanwhile, during a Downing Street briefing on Thursday evening, Boris Johnson repeated his previous assertions that both vaccines now being administered by the National Health Service (NHS) are "safe and effective".

The prime minister was himself treated in hospital for Covid-19 in April 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic.

Maria Popova clarified that this concerns very rare cases of extremely specific syndromes, which include a small number of platelets and the formation of blood clots, with or without bleeding.

"The benefits of the vaccine in combating the still widespread threat of COVID-19 (which itself results in clotting problems and may be fatal) continue to outweigh the risk of side effects", it said, concluding what it called its "preliminary review". "The thing that isn't safe is catching COVID which is why it's so important that we all get our jabs as soon as our turn comes", Johnson said at a news conference in Downing Street. Given the extremely rare rate of occurrence of these events, the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, with the latest data suggesting an 80% reduction in hospitalisation and death from COVID disease, far outweigh any possible risks of the vaccine in the risk groups now targeted in the UK.

Like his United Kingdom counterpart, French Prime Minister Jean Castex will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine in an effort to sway a doubtful French public.

In the United Kingdom, 5 possible cases of this have been reported to us so far, after 11 million doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.

"That is the variant we really do want to keep out of the United Kingdom". "So, when infection levels go up in France to say 30,000 cases a day, that implies that there is at least 1,500/2,000 cases a day of the South African variant".

Covid-19 vaccine doses in the UK

A study published on Thursday by Oxford University suggested that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs could struggle against the South African variant and may end up offering limited protection.

Prof Ferguson said deaths in the United Kingdom were being driven down "at a faster rate then I ever thought possible, and that will allow us to open up, but opening up poses risks, particularly if there are variants around which can partially escape the vaccine".

France, Germany, Italy, mainland Portugal, Lithuania and Latvia lifted their suspension of the use of the vaccine with other countries set to follow after European medicine regulators declared it was safe and effective.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said: "This is incredibly reassuring, the processes are working, the safety monitoring that we all expect from our authorities is happening".

BNR quoted Deputy Health Minister Zheni Nacheva saying on March 19 that one option under consideration was to move all those times forward by the number of days that the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine was suspended.

"It's unrealistic to imagine the first dose rollout will be as fast because we'll have to catch up with the second doses".

There have been five cases - a rate of just one in one million people vaccinated - of the co-occurring conditions in the United Kingdom after vaccination.

Mr Dowden stressed that coronavirus "certificates", were being considered as a way of getting people back to larger events "in significant numbers", such as to sport venues and theatres.

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