BRITISH Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has called on Boris Johnson to launch a major publicity campaign to boost COVID-19 vaccine take-up rates and allay fears about side-effects.
The call was contained in a new report “Restoring Confidence in the Workhorse COVID-19 Vaccines” published by his Institute for Global Change which examines reasons for rising vaccine hesitancy, particularly relating to AstraZeneca.
According to Blair, the reluctance in publishing every dimension to vaccination is not only wrong but counterproductive.
“In this paper, we set out why the reluctance – particularly around the AstraZeneca vaccine – is completely wrong and unjustified. Why regulators in different countries are taking decisions based on a narrow and unbalanced view of risk, and why the policymakers in government need to grip this situation urgently and bring some coherence and logic to the issue of vaccine assessment,” Blair writes in the foreword to the report.
It will be recalled that side effects reported by patients receiving the AstraZeneca jab have included blood clots, pain around the injection, fatigue, headache, nausea, joint pain and muscle ache.