Coronavirus LIVE: AstraZeneca vaccine blood clot fears over ‘overblown’ as Boris Johnson faces Starmer at PMQs – Evening Standard

Professor Brown, a consultant in respiratory medicine and member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said Germany was concerned about a specific blood clot that is an “incredibly rare event that occurs spontaneously in small number of people each year”.

“And this blood clot also occurs as a complication of actually acute Covid infection very rarely as well, so that will probably increase the background rate of this happening, so I think the concerns about this blood clot are overblown by the Germans,” Prof Brown told BBC Radio’s 4 Today programme.

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Boris Johnson confirms he will be getting AstraZeneca Covid jab ‘very shortly’

The Prime Minister revealed he will be getting the Oxford jab “very shortly”.


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Welsh Government to fund a bonus payment of £735 for NHS and social care staff to recognise their work during the Covid-19 pandemic

Mr Gething told a press conference in Cardiff that most people would receive £500 after tax and national insurance contributions.

It is estimated that 221,945 people in Wales will receive the payment, including 103,600 social care staff, 90,000 NHS Wales staff, 2,345 deployed students and 26,000 primary care staff.

“The bonus payment reflects our immense gratitude to our NHS and social care staff for their extraordinary contribution to helping to keep Wales safe,” Mr Gething said.


PMQs: Labour MP Richard Burgon calls for PM to “come clean and say those [Covid] deaths are on me and I apologise”

Mr Johnson said in response: “I certainly take full responsibility for everything the Government did and of course we mourn the loss of every single coronavirus victim and we sympathise deeply with their families and loved ones.

“Am I sorry for what has happened to our country? Yes, I’m deeply sorry and of course there will be time for a full inquiry to enable us all to understand what we need to do better to face these problems in the future.”


PMQs: Conservative MP Steve Brine asks what ‘disinformation’ led to some EU countries suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine

In response to the question about the Oxford jab, Mr Johnson told the Commons: “I finally got news that I’m going to have my own jab very shortly, I’m very pleased to discover.

“It will certainly be Oxford/AstraZeneca that I will be having.”


Scotland records 12 deaths from coronavirus and 625 positive tests in the past 24 hours

It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7,529.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said 211,230 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 210,605 on Tuesday.

The daily test positivity rate is 3 per cent, down from 3.8 per cent on the previous day.

There are 422 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down 18 in 24 hours, and 38 patients are in intensive care, a fall of four.


PMQs: Conservative MP Nick Fletcher calls for more support for new hospital in Doncaster

The Prime Minister said in response: “I wish I could give him a cut and dry yes and no answer today, but I can tell him that his local hospital is very much in the running for the open competition for the next eight hospitals of the 40 that we’re already building.”


A total of 9,831 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, according to the National Records of Scotland

The figures show 104 deaths relating to Covid-19 were registered between March 8 and March 14, down 38 on the previous week.

Of these, the majority – 83 per cent – happened in hospital at 86, with 14 in care homes and four at home or in a non-institutional setting.

The statistics are published weekly and cover all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.


Mr Cummings criticised the European Union over its handling of its vaccine row

The former Vote Leave campaigner told MPs on the Science and Technology Committee: “At the referendum, one of the things you (Graham Stringer MP) and I argued very strongly was that it would be very dangerous to let the EU continue to regulate science and technology in this country and that we should take back control of regulation over science, technology, procurement.

“Again, I would argue very strongly that 2020 was proof that that argument was correct.

“As things have been proved every day now, science can co-operate globally without having to be part of the nightmarish Brussels system which has blown up so disastrously over vaccines.

“Just this week we’ve seen what happens when you have an anti-science, anti-entrepreneurial, anti-technology culture in Brussels married with its appalling bureaucracy in its insane decisions and warnings on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“I think we are extremely well out of that system.”


Dominic Cummings says the Government was unable to make rapid decisions on science funding at the start of the pandemic

Giving evidence to the Commons Science and Technology Committee, Mr Cummings said that it was held back by EU legislation.

“In February, March, April last year there was no entity in the British – zero entities, including the Prime Minister himself – who could make rapid decisions on science funding minus horrific EU procurement, state aid etc, etc laws,” he said.

“No entity in the British state that could operate at scale and at pace and that was obviously disastrous.

“One of the most obvious lessons of last year is that a) we should go to extreme lengths to try to de-bureaucratise the normal system

“Secondly, you need to have an emergency process where an entity of the state can actually move at speed and scale to do all sorts of things – buying and procurement and whatnot.”