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Coronavirus UK news update – Brits ‘will DIE due to Europe’s extreme AstraZeneca suspension over ultra-rare bloodclots’


BRITS will die as a result of EU’s extreme reaction to the tiny risk of developing blood clots following the AstraZeneca vaccine, experts have claimed.

Despite study after study showing the AstraZeneca vaccine to be safe, shameless European leaders have repeatedly cast doubt on the jab, with French President Emmanuel Macron a ringleader of the misinformation.

And in recent weeks numerous European countries suspended their rollout of the jab citing concerns over it causing bloodclots – something there is currently no definitive evidence of whatsoever.

Germany has now stopped giving the jab to people under 60, after the rare condition was spotted in just 31 out of 2.7 million vaccinated people – a rate of around one in 90,000.

And France and Norway are no longer allowing under-55s to get the AstraZeneca’s jab, while Spain banned it for under-65s.

French and Italian politicians previously admitted the suspension was political in nature though, driven partly out of frustration at the UK’s AstraZeneca rollout being a great success story while EU struggles to get a grip on spiralling cases, widespread jab scepticism and supply issues.

The EU is also angry that AstraZeneca has been unable to deliver the quantity of vaccines it originally ordered and has threatened to seize British supplies to make up for the shortfall.

Many have questioned whether the EU’s extreme reaction to the tiny and unproven risk of bloodclots is in part to increase suspicion and drive down demand for the AstraZeneca jab as punishment for the order delays.

Speaking today Dr Simon Clarke, a microbiologist at the University of Reading, told MailOnline it “seems likely” there will be ‘avoidable deaths’ as a result of the EU’s extreme reaction. 

Dr Peter English, a former British Medical Association chief, agreed, saying there was “no evidence” of a blood clot link and that “Any decision to withhold the vaccine will directly cause excess, avoidable Covid deaths.”

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  • FRENCH PARLIAMENT TO HOLD VOTE ON THURSDAY ON COVID MEASURES, AFTER MACRON SPEECH

    The French parliament will hold a debate and vote on Thursday on measures to tackle the COVID-19 virus in France.

    It will follow on from President Emmanuel Macron’s televised address to the nation on Wednesday, said a source at the Prime Minister’s office.

  • DAN OSBOURNE SHARES DANGEROUS COVID-CONSPIRACY ABOUT THE ‘BULLSH**T’ THIRD VACCINE SPARKING A ‘ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE’

    Dan Osborne has backed a dangerous Covid conspiracy that says a third vaccine jab will spark a “zombie apocalypse”.

    The ex Towie star shared a video posted by an anti-vaxxer Instagram account that first spouted the wild claim on Monday.

    The original video was posted with the caption: “This is just something else. 3rd vaccine jab on it’s way??? Wow!! Welcome to the Zombie apocalypse..!!! It’s like a Hollywood blockbuster!!!”

    And reality star Dan shared the clip to his 1.1million followers, writing: “Have you ever heard so much bulls**t in your life? How they’re getting away with this I have no idea”.

  • RUSSIA CLAIMS TO HAVE CREATED ‘WORLD’S FIRST’ COVID VACCINE FOR PETS

    Russian officials have approved the ‘world’s first’ Covid vaccine for pets that reportedly stops the mutation of the virus between animals and humans.

    Mass production of the life-saving shots, Canivac-Cov, could be launched as early as April to protect our furry friends, according to Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary Supervision, Rosselkhoznadzor.

    “The results allow us to conclude that the vaccine is harmless and has high immunogenicity, since all tested animals developed coronavirus antibodies in 100% of cases,” said the deputy head of state veterinary service, Konstantin Savenkov.

    He added, “Russian scientists believe that the vaccine’s use can prevent the virus from mutating, which most often occurs during interspecies transmission.”

  • COVID-DENIER BRAZIL PRESIDENT BOLSONARO HAS ARROGANT SMILE WIPED AS ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE CHIEFS QUIT

    Brazil’s Covid-denying president Jair Bolsonaro is in crisis after the country’s army, navy and air force chiefs all quit.

    Bolsonaro’s shambolic response to Covid-19 has left nearly 314,000 Brazilians dead from the virus, and there have been more than 12.5 million confirmed cases.

    Bolsonaro has opposed quarantines and argued that his focus was on protecting the economy – while telling Brazilians to “stop whining”.

    It’s understood to be the first time in Brazilian history that the army, navy and air force bosses have all quit at the same time due to a row with the president.

    Edson Leal Pujol, Ilques Barbosa and Antonio Carlos Bermudez all resigned just a day after Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo also resigned.

  • MUM LEFT WITH BURNING RASH DUE TO RARE ‘SEVERE REACTION TO COVID VACCINE TWO WEEKS AFTER JAB’

    A rash or pain after a Covid vaccine are listed as potential side effects but are extremely rare.

    But for one mum, an agonising skin reaction has left her suffering the “worst two weeks of her life”.

    Leigh King had her first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on March 12 but is still dealing with the pain of a rash. 

    The 41-year-old said her body broke out in a burning rash shortly after the jab, and it’s now spread across her face, chest and back of the arms.

    It is important to note that rashes can be a side-effect to almost all medicines including antibiotics.

  • SCHOOL DAYS COULD BE LONGER TO HELP KIDS CATCH UP ON LOST LOCKDOWN LEARNING, TOP MINISTER SAYS

    School days could be made longer to help kids catch up on lost lockdown learning, a top minister said today.

    Communities secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed the Government is looking at adding extra after-hours classes to bridge the gap.

    His remarks came after a landmark report into racism in Britain advised extending the school day in disadvantaged areas.

    The study by an independent group of experts said the move would an effective way to even out the hit kids’ learning has taken from the pandemic.

    Mr Jenrick said the idea was “an interesting one the Government has already given some thought to”.

  • HIDEEN IMMUNE CELLS WILL PROTECT COVID VARIANTS, STUDY REVEALS

    Hidden immune cells will protect against new Covid variants, scientists say.

    Research suggests that while some immune cells weaken against new strains, others remain potent and will protect against severe disease.

    Antibodies are just one part of the immune system’s response to bugs like the coronavirus.

    The proteins are produced by the body after it is invaded by coronavirus or after vaccination.

    Research has shown that antibodies are produced at significantly lower levels when faced with the South African variant.

  • 15 MILLION TO SEE ENERGY BILLS JUMP BY £96 TOMORROW

    Millions of households will see their energy bills rise by up to £96 from tomorrow – but you might be able to save as much as £280 by switching.

    Ofgem, the energy regulator, is upping the maximum price suppliers can charge for electricity and gas from £1,042 a year to £1,138.

    As a result, the Big Six providers – British Gas, Scottish Power, EDF Energy, EOn, NPower and SSE – have all confirmed they’ll be increasing prices.

    The price cap hike was confirmed last month and affects around 11million households on standard variable tariffs. Some 4million households on prepayment meters will also see bills rise by £87, from £1,069 to £1,156.

    The increase will see a return to pre-pandemic levels and come into effect from tomorrow, April 1, 2021.

  • JABS BLITZ WIN

    More than half of adults in England now have some degree of immunity against Covid — thanks mainly to the vaccination blitz.

    Data from the Office for National Statistics shows 54.7 per cent of over-16s had antibodies against the virus by mid-March.

    Blood tests reveal nine in ten pensioners also have either natural or jab-induced protection.

  • GIVE US THE JAB, VLAD

    France and Germany have begged Vladimir Putin to supply them with the Russian-made vaccine – after Angela Merkel suspended use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab for the under-60s.

    In yet another huge blow for the EU’s bungled jabs roll-out, the Chancellor announced that while she’ll take the British vaccine, it’s being partially suspended for younger people.

    And Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have now turned to Russia to discuss using shipments of the Sputnik jab when it’s approved by health regulators.

    The European pair hosted a video call with Putin yesterday evening, the Telegraph reports.

    It comes after German authorities identified 31 cases of blood clots known as cerebral sinus vein thrombosis in those given the AstraZeneca jab.

  • LOCKDOWN EXTENSION FEARS AS BRITS PACK PARKS AND BEACHES FOR 24C MINI-HEATWAVE AND EXPERTS WARN OF INFECTIONS SPIKE

    Russia on Wednesday reported 8,275 new COVID-19 cases, including 1,286 in Moscow, pushing the national case tally to 4,545,095 since the pandemic began.

    The government coronavirus task force said that 408 people had died in the last 24 hours, pushing its death toll to 98,850.

  • CHINESE OFFICIAL SAYS THERE’S NO BASIS TO CLAIMS IT DID NOT SHARE COVID DATA

    A senior Chinese health official said today there was no factual basis to accusations that China did not share data with researchers appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to look into the origins of COVID-19.

    Liang Wannian, who was co-leader of the joint study into the origins of COVID-19 by China and the WHO published on Tuesday, told reporters that the Chinese and international researchers had access to the same data.

    He also said the Chinese part of the joint research had now been completed, and the world now needed to look further into potential early cases of COVID-19 outside China in the next phase of its research into the origins of the pandemic. 

  • ‘WE ARE 100% CONFIDENT’ WITH AZ VACCINE, SAYS HOUSING SECRETARY

    Asked if there was a need to look again at AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine after news that Germany has agreed to restrict its use, Communities secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News: “No, we don’t, we’re 100% confident in the efficacy of the vaccine, that’s borne out by study after study, by our own independent world-class regulators and by recent research, for example, by Public Health England that’s shown that thousands of people’s lives have been saved since the start of this year alone thanks to our vaccine programme.

    “People should continue to go forward, get the vaccine, I certainly will when my time comes, it is a safe vaccine and the UK’s vaccine rollout is saving people’s lives right across the country every day.”

  • PRESIDENT MACRON TO ADDRESS THE FRENCH NATION IN TV SPEECH ON WEDNESDAY

    French President Emmanuel Macron will deliver a televised speech to the country at 8pm local time today, said Macron’s office, at which further measures to tackle the COVID-19 virus may be announced.

  • SHIELDING TO END FOR ALMOST FOUR MILLION BRITONS

    Nearly four million people will no longer be asked to shield to protect themselves from the serious side-effects of Covid-19 as of Thursday.

    Shielding will come to an end in England and Wales on April 1, while plans for Scotland and Northern Ireland have not yet been finalised.

    Earlier this month, Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England, said: “With the prevalence of the virus in the community continuing to decrease, now is the right time for people to start thinking about easing up on these more rigid guidelines.

    “If you have been shielding, we strongly urge you to take extra precautions following April 1 to keep yourself as safe as possible, such as continuing to observe social distancing and working from home.

    “We will continue to monitor all of the evidence and adjust this advice should there be any changes in infection rates.”

  • MACRON ‘DOESN’T LISTEN TO EXPERTS’

    FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron is so arrogant he doesn’t bother listening to experts on Covid any more – despite soaring cases, reports from the country claim.

    Sources say Macron believes he’s such an expert in the spread of coronavirus that he “no longer follows the advice of scientists”.

    And the president has been blasted in newspaper Le Monde – as France’s crisis continues to spiral out of control.

    The paper says Macron has flouted the advice of his experts for almost a year after he announced the reopening of schools in advance of scientific advice.

  • MERKEL VOWS TO HAVE AZ JAB

    ANGELA Merkel is adamant she’ll have the AstraZeneca Covid jab – as Germany bans it for under-60s over blood clot fears.

    Germany’s sudden partial suspension comes amid Europe’s chaotic jab rollout and a worrying spike in coronavirus cases.

    Germany will restrict the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine to people aged 60 and over and high-priority groups, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Tuesday.

    However, she told a press conference that she would be happy to receive the Astrazeneca jab.

    Merkel, 66, said: “I have said when it is my turn, I will get vaccinated, also with AstraZeneca. The possibility of me being vaccinated is nearing.”

  • MORE THAN HALF HAVE IMMUNITY

    MORE than half of adults in England now have some degree of immunity against Covid — thanks mainly to the vaccination blitz.

    Data from the Office for National Statistics shows 54.7 per cent of over-16s had antibodies against the virus by mid-March.

    Blood tests reveal nine in ten pensioners also have either natural or jab-induced protection.

    Meanwhile, the daily death toll yesterday was 56, down from the 112 reported on Tuesday last week. And the number of new infections was 4,040, down from 5,095 seven days earlier.

  • FRANCE AND GERMANY BEG RUSSIA

    FRANCE and Germany have begged Vladimir Putin to supply them with the Russian-made vaccine – after Angela Merkel suspended use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab for the under-60s.

    In yet another huge blow for the EU’s bungled jabs roll-out, the Chancellor announced that while she’ll take the British vaccine, it’s being partially suspended for younger people.

    And Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron have now turned to Russia to discuss using shipments of the Sputnik jab when it’s approved by health regulators.

  • NUMBER OF CHILDREN ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS SURGED DURING THE PANDEMIC

    The number of children eligible for free school meals surged during the coronavirus pandemic, Government data shows.

    Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that an additional 302,397 pupils have qualified for free school meals since March 23 last year – the start of the first national lockdown.

    Nearly one in five (19.7%) pupils in England were eligible for free school meals in October 2020, up from 17.3% in January 2020, the data shows.

    This amounts to 1.63 million children, a rise from 1.44 million in January 2020.

    Children are entitled to free school meals if their parent or carer is on benefits, including income support or receiving universal credit with household income of less than £7,400 a year.

  • COPS BAN BOOZE IN PARKS AND BEACHGOERS TOLD TO STAY AWAY AS BRITS ENJOY RULE OF 6 FREEDOM IN 24C SCORCHER

    Cops have banned booze in parks and beachgoers have been told to stay away today as Brits enjoy their newfound freedom during today’s 24C scorcher.

    It comes after hundreds of boozy students brawled with each other and peed in bushes at a park in Nottingham yesterday.

    Read more here.

  • UK COVID DEATHS HAVE HALVED IN A WEEK WITH 56 FATALITIES AND 4,040 CASES AS RULE OF SIX RETURNS

    UK Covid deaths have HALVED in a week with 56 fatalities and 4,040 cases as Rule of Six returns
  • WOMAN SAYS SHE DEVELOPED LONG ‘COVID TOES’ THAT LEFT HER ‘STRUGGLING TO WALK’

    A MUM says she has been left in agony and almost unable to walk after developing a rare case of “Covid toes”.

    Sarah Griffiths, 35, was left baffled when she spotted a rash on her left foot in January.

    It quickly spread to both feet and all her toes – leaving her in so much pain she struggled to walk.

    Read more here.

  • AMBER HEARD GETS HER COVID VACCINE

    Amber Heard is evidently proud to have had her Covid vaccine.

    she tweeted: “Did someone say “vaccine queen”?!” along with a snap of after receiving the jab.

    The location where she received the jab is not clear.

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  • GERMANY: ANGELA MERKEL SAYS SHE’D TAKE THE ASTRAZENECA VACCINE

    Germany’s Iron Chancellor Angela Merkel is open to being vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 jab, she told a news conference on Tuesday.

    “I have said when it is my turn, I will get vaccinated, also with AstraZeneca,” the 66-year-old told a news conference on Germany’s decision to limit the use of the British-Swedish firm’s vaccine over health concerns.

    “The possibility of me being vaccinated is nearing.”





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