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It’s Friday 19 March 2021. Our top stories this morning 0:00
The prime minister is to receive his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after reassuring the public it was “safe”.
Boris Johnson, 56, has urged people to get inoculated and said England’s roadmap out of lockdown was “on track”.
He said there was “no change” to the plan despite a drop in vaccine supply.
Several European countries are to resume using the AstraZeneca jab after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed it was “safe and effective”.
The regulator reviewed the vaccine amid fears about blood clots, but said it was “not associated” with a higher risk and the benefits outweighed any risks.
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