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Why are the EU blocking vaccines? Ursula von der Leyen's war of words with UK explained

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“While the investigation is ongoing, currently, we are still firmly convinced that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing Covid-19, with its associated risks of hospitalisation and death, outweigh the risks.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also backed the continued rollout of the AstraZeneca jab, while the vaccine did not stop being given out in the UK.

Despite authorities believing the vaccine is effective and safe, the bans have impacted public opinion in Europe.

A YouGov poll of some 8,000 people between March 12 and 18 found 61 percent of people in France see the AstraZeneca vaccine as unsafe.

Among the people surveyed from seven European countries, people were more likely to see the AstraZeneca vaccine as unsafe rather than safe.



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