LONDON — Boris Johnson said Wednesday he will be having the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine “very shortly.”
The British prime minister told MPs in the House of Commons it was the “best thing he could say” in response to Conservative MP Steve Brine’s question about what had led to “the disinformation, and apparent abandonment of scientific evidence in certain EU member states around the Oxford AstraZeneca jab.”
“I think perhaps the best thing I can say about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine program is that I finally got news that I’m going to have my own jab … very shortly I’m pleased to discover,” Johnson said. “It will certainly be Oxford/AstraZeneca that I will be having,” he added.
The news comes as medicines regulators, joined by the World Health Organization, insist that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and that its benefits far outweigh the risks, following its suspension across much of Europe. U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Wednesday said there was “no evidence that vaccines” cause blood clots.
Johnson was admitted to intensive care after contracting coronavirus last April.