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‘Heads should roll’ EU urged to send Oxford jabs to UK as states ban AstraZeneca – poll

French MEP slams 'laughing stock' EU over vaccine rollout

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The vaccine has been suspended in several countries throughout the bloc, including France, Germany and Ireland, over safety fears. EU nations are siting reports of blood clots as justification for halting the use of the jab, but Brussels has been accused of using the British-made vaccine as a political move. Throughout the continent, a small number of cases have emerged of blood clots developing in patients after they received the AstraZeneca vaccine, leading EU member states to temporarily suspend the shot as a precautionary measure.

AstraZeneca has insisted some 17 million people in the EU and UK have received a dose of the vaccine, with fewer than 40 cases of blood clots reported as of last week.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is investigating the reports but has continued to urge countries not to pause Covid vaccinations.

Now furious Express.co.uk readers have launched another scathing attack against the EU and have demanded they send Oxford coronavirus vaccine jabs back to the UK.

The latest Express.co.uk poll, which ran from 10am until 8pm on Tuesday March 16, asked: “Should EU be forced to send Oxford jabs to UK after states ban use?”

A huge 90 percent of those who voted (2,078 readers) have demanded Brussels make this move.

The remaining 10 percent (209 readers) disagree, while less than one percent (16 readers) were undecided.

One furious Express.co.uk reader said: “So the EU block exports of the vaccine and then suspend use within EU on flimsy non existent evidence of it causing blood clots. Anyone else smell a rat?

“Heads should roll at EU as this is clearly a smear campaign.”

A reader replied: “Of course it is. The EU just cannot accept that the UK has left and want to destroy themselves just to get back at us.”

One person urged the UK to take immediate action, commenting: “They can’t be trusted and they have really lost their way in everything they get involved with.

“I hope that their tantrums and weasel-like ways will come back to bite them on the bum very soon.

“We need to close our borders to the EU until they see sense and join the real world.”

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While many others agreed the EU should send Oxford vaccine jabs back to the UK, they questioned whether Brussels would ever make the move.

One reader said: “The EU would never consider sending unused Oxford vaccines to the UK.

“As a senior German politician (Marcus Soder) was quoted as saying in the Welt, ‘it would be terrible if the UK came out of lockdown early due to their vaccine rollout and benefited economically before the EU’.

“Sums up the attitude of the Europhiles perfectly.”

Another person added: “The EU, is acting like a bunch of spiteful school kids.

“They do not want it but they don`t want anyone else having it.”

The European Medicines Association (EMA) “remains convinced” the “benefits of this vaccine outweigh the risk” as it continued a full scientific review of the AstraZeneca vaccine jab.

Emer Cooke, the EMA’s executive director, said there is no current indication that the vaccine was the cause of the “very rare” reported blood clots.

She told a press briefing on Tuesday: “I want to stress at present there is no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions.

“They have not come up in the clinical trials and they are not listed as known side events with this vaccine.

“In clinical trials both vaccinated people and people who received the placebo have shown some very small number of blood clot developments.

“The number of thromboembolic events overall in vaccinated people seems not to be higher than that seen in the general population.”

The WHO has also released a statement saying there had been reports of clots in “very few people”, but “there are several aspects of these cases which require careful evaluation, including the age of patients, clinical features and severity of conditions”.

It added: “This data is now being collected and carefully reviewed by WHO and the European Medicines Agency.

“At this time, we do not know whether some or all of the conditions have been caused by the vaccine or by other coincidental factors.

“As soon as the review is finalised, we will inform of any findings.

“For the moment, based on the evidence reviewed to date by the EMA, the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing hospitalisation and death due to Covid-19 outweigh the risks of side effects.”

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