Coronavirus UK news LIVE – Scientists make Covid vaccine blood clot breakthrough as jab rollout opens to over-30s

SCIENTISTS say they have cracked the cause of rare blood clots linked to Covid jabs and that they know how to solve it.

They say the phenomenon is caused by “floating mutant proteins” which can occur when a vaccine sends the spike protein of the Sars-Cov-2 virus into the wrong part of a cell.

Lead scientist Rolf Marschalek said US drugs firm Johnson & Johnson has already been in touch to ask about his team’s research at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

But he said he had not yet discussed its findings with AstraZeneca, manufacturer of the Oxford vaccine.

During PMQs yesterday Mr Johnson slapped down claims he’d failed the nation after his ex-aide Dominic Cummings launched an extraordinary broadside at him over his Covid failings.

He told MPs: “I take full responsibility for everything that has happened. I am truly sorry for the suffering the people of this country experiences. But the government acted throughout with the intention to save lives, protect the NHS and in accordance with the best scientific advice.”

And from yesterday, people aged 30 and over can book their Covid-19 jab the NHS in England has said. About one million people aged 30 and 31 will get a text message in coming days asking them to come forward for their Covid vaccine.

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