Boris Johnson to have AstraZeneca jab as he urges public to do the same
Mr Johnson, 56, told a Downing Street press conference that “the Oxford jab is safe and the Pfizer jab is safe: the thing that isn’t safe is catching Covid”.
His remarks follow a ruling from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that the AstraZeneca vaccine is “safe and effective”. In the wake of their report, some of the countries who suspended the vaccine’s use – including France, Spain, Italy and Germany – resumed its rollout.
Parts of France are facing a month-long lockdown amid rising cases. Prime Minister Jean Castex has said that he fears a “third wave” is likely.
Non-essential businesses in Paris will close from midnight, although schools will remain open. A nationwide curfew, beginning at 7pm local time, will remain in place.
The country has faced criticism for its slow vaccine rollout.