Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were joined by Nick Ferrari for today’s This Morning View. The presenter gave his opinion on several European countries, including France, Germany and Spain halting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine amid fears that it causes blood clots. Phillip said political games were being played in wake of two big elections later this year.
“Having said that they’ve already said, firstly, that they didn’t think it works with the older population and now they’re saying that there are health issues which have been disputed.
“This is a bit of a shambles isn’t it?” Nick and Camilla then gave their opinions on this story.
Nick replied: “It is political, they’re hiding that behind health, it is wholly irresponsible, they are putting the lives of their citizens at risk.”
Today, The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will announce findings of its investigation into cases of bleeding, blood clots and low platelet counts in 30 of the vaccine’s recipients that have led many European countries to suspend it.
The agency’s head, Emer Cooke, on Tuesday reiterated it was convinced the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweighed the risks and had seen no indication the shot had caused the unusual blood events.
The World Health Organization has also backed the use of the vaccine.
And AstraZeneca themselves have said 17 million people in the EU and UK have received the vaccine and the number of cases of blood clots reported “is lower than the hundreds of cases that would be expected among the general population”.
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As for the UK’s vaccine rollout, the latest data reveals that more than 24 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.
The government is aiming to have offered at least one vaccine to 32 million by April 15 and says it is currently on track to do so.
The rollout is currently focused on the over 50s, but concerns are growing about potential delays to the next phase in the government’s roadmap.
In a letter to local health organisations, the NHS said on Wednesday that there has been a “reduction in national inbound vaccines supply” and asked to “ensure no further appointments are uploaded” to booking systems in April.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was a “standard” letter and said the NHS regularly sent them out to explain the “ups and downs” of supply.