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AstraZeneca vaccine: Boris Johnson update on Covid lockdown roadmap after MHRA advice

AstraZeneca: Blood clots are an 'unusual side effect'

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The AstraZeneca Covid vaccine has been linked to “extremely rare” blood clots in younger people, the UK’s MHRA has revealed. But, the jab’s benefits are still “favourable for the vast majority”, it added. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now revealed that he doesn’t expect to make any changes to the roadmap out of lockdown.

The PM explained that he hasn’t seen any evidence to make changes to the current plan for easing restrictions.

As it stands, the next phases of restrictions will be eased next week, on April 12.

Stage three of the roadmap, which includes allowing two households to meet indoors, is set to go ahead on May 17.

All Covid restrictions will be eased from June 21, which will drop all legal limits on social contact.

There were fears that the roadmap may be pushed back due to the MHRA’s change in vaccine advice.

But, Mr Johnson confirmed that there aren’t any current plans to adjust the roadmap.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told media in Cornwall: “I think the crucial thing on this is to listen to what the scientists, and the doctors, the medical experts, have to say,” Johnson says.

“The MHRA is meeting, the JCVI is meeting, they’ll be setting out the position and we will get on with rolling out the vaccine and obviously we’ll follow very carefully what they have to say.

“I don’t think anything that I have seen leads me to suppose that we will have to change the road map or deviate from the road map in any way.”

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