UK PM Johnson says he will get Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine very soon

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a news conference in Downing Street on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, in London, Britain December 24, 2020. Paul Grover /Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he would get the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot very soon, voicing his confidence in a vaccine that has been suspended in some other European countries after reports of blood clots.

Several European Union countries have suspended their roll out of the shot, developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, but Britain’s regulator has said that there is no evidence of a causal link between reports of thrombo-embolic events and the vaccine.

Asked if European countries had disregarded scientific evidence, Johnson said: “The best thing I can say about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine programme is that I finally got news that I’m going to have my own jab ... very, very shortly.”

“It will certainly be Oxford/AstraZeneca that I will be having,” Johnson told parliament.

Reporting by Sarah Young and Paul Sandle; writing by Alistair Smout, editing by Elizabeth Piper