Coronavirus UK news – Vaccine rollout sees daily Covid deaths plummet as JVT insists AZ jab does NOT cause blood clots

THE UK’s successful vaccine rollout appears to be taking effect as daily Covid deaths plummet.

The number of deaths from coronavirus being reported per day is falling at a faster rate than it did towards the end of the first wave, figures show.

It comes as Professor Jonathon Van-Tam stated there is NO proof that the AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots as he urged Brits to get jabbed.

At today’s Downing Street press briefing, the deputy chief medical officer encouraged people to continue to get their jab amid panic from the European Union.

His comments come after 20 countries paused the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

France and Germany yesterday admitted their ban was political – as MPs accused them of sulking over Britain’s more successful rollout.

New figures out today show the UK jabbed a total of 25,273,226 people between December 8 and March 16 with first doses, while 1,759,445 people have had their second dose.

Speaking this evening, Professor Van-Tam highlighted that there are side effects with most medications.

Addressing the nation he read out a statement from the EMA (European Medicines Agency), which stated that the AstraZeneca jab is safe for use.

Prof Van-Tam said: “There is lots of evidence now that is reassuring that there is no excess signal or risk.

“There is no evidence of increased risk.

“And I expect, without prejudice to their absolute findings, those to be the final conclusions of the EMA and (Britain’s) MHRA in due course.”

The number of new UK Covid deaths today plunged by 80 per cent in a month as another 141 fatalities were recorded, a signal the vaccine rollout is saving lives.

The daily rise is down by more than two thirds on the figure recorded on February 17, when 738 Covid deaths were confirmed.

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