PMQs LIVE: Boris Johnson to push Starmer to congratulate Brexit for saving UK from EU mess

Matt Hancock assures AstraZeneca vaccine jab is safe

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This week multiple EU countries have suspended the use of the AstraZeneca jab against medical guidance after a small number of people developed blood clots. The drugs manufacturer, the European Medicines Agency, and the World Health Organisation have all insisted the vaccine is safe.

The Prime Minister has regularly taunted Sir Keir for insisting the UK should have remained inside the European Medicines Agency after Brexit.

While the suspensions have been the decision of individual countries, it is likely Mr Johnson will once again today poke fun at the Labour leader’s position.

While the EU has struggled to rollout the jabs at pace, in the UK nearly 25 million have now received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with all over-50s likely to have had a jab by the end of next week.

Sir Keir Starmer is more likely to want to focus the heated clash in PMQs on the issue of protecting women from violence.


11.16am update: Dominic Cummings attacks Covid response

In less than ideal timing for the Prime minister, Dominic Cummings has this morning been giving evidence to the science select committee.

He described the Department for Health’s procurement of personal protective equipment last spring as “an absolute total disaster” that undermined the UK’s fight against Covid.

“In spring 2020 you had a situation where Department for Health was just a smoking ruin in terms of procurement and PPE and all of that,” he said.

“It’s why we had to take the vaccine process out of the Department for Health.”

Expect someone to seize upon his comments in PMQs.

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