British Foreign Secretary defends AstraZeneca vaccines: “We are confident that it is safe”

Dominic Raab
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The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told news bureau NTB that the British feel very confident that AstraZeneca’s vaccine is safe.

Raab visited Oslo on Thursday, where he held a press conference with Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H).

When asked by NTB about the situation with AstraZeneca, Raab answered as follows:

“I am aware of the situation here. We have done all the required examinations in the UK, and we are very confident that it is safe to take the vaccine. 

“But we know that we must follow the processes in each country when it comes to security, and we, of course, have respect for the Norwegian approach.

Blood clots

The British Foreign Secretary was also pressured on the issue by other media. Raab pointed out that the vaccination was also put on pause in the UK when questions arose about side effects during the first trials last year.

“As a result of the rigorous testing we had at home, we are very confident that it is safe to take the vaccine. But each country must, of course, follow its own approval procedures carefully,” he said.

A number of countries, including Norway, suspended the use of the British-developed vaccine on Thursday due to reports of severe blood clots in people who have received the vaccine.

European drug authorities will now investigate whether there may be any connection between the vaccine and the blood clots.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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