GMB: Ben Shephard quizzes professor on AstraZeneca vaccine
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Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid welcomed Professor Jeremy Brown on to Good Morning Britain today to discuss the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine and whether European leaders are using the jab to make a political statement. Although the Professor admitted he “struggled” to work out why countries had discontinued the vaccine, he dismissed the issue had been politicised.
Ben asked: “Professor Brown do you think this has been politicised? That the Europeans are using this as an excuse because their rollout has been so slow. There is huge hesitancy on the continent as well.
“So when it comes back to looking they will say, ‘We had to suspend the delivery of the vaccine of AstraZeneca until we could be clear there was no link to blood clots.’”
“I can’t believe that the individual agencies in those countries are making political decisions,” the Professor replied.
“That’s not how these agencies should behave. Also, it doesn’t make any logical sense either, does it?”
“But if it doesn’t make any logical sense from the outside looking in and all we’re hearing from Dr Hilary and your colleagues is there is no link [between] the number of vaccines AstraZeneca vaccines to the absolutely minute number of blood clot cases,” Ben said.
“That doesn’t seem to make any sense to us here, so we’re trying to understand why they’re doing it.”
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