However, the benefits of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh any risks for most people, the UK medicines watchdog has said.
Meanwhile, a review by the European Medicines Agency’s safety committee also concluded that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks of Covid but said that “unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects” of the jab.
Salmond called ‘Putin apologist’ amid Salisbury probe
Alex Salmond has been accused of being an “apologist for the Putin regime” after three times refusing to say whether he believed Russia was responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack. The ex-first minister, who hosts a TV show on the Kremlin-funded channel RT (Russia Today), said people could judge the evidence on whether Vladimir Putin’s regime was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. It comes as an Ipsos Mori poll said Nicola Sturgeon is on course to win an independence “super-majority” in next month’s Holyrood election without Mr Salmond’s new party getting a seat. Details here.
‘Diplomatic fiasco’ as Von der Leyen relegated to sofa
It is said a picture is worth a thousand words but European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen managed it with a single syllable. During a meeting with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, the first female president of the Commission was left visibly perplexed as Mr Erdogan and European Council chief Charles Michel took the only two chairs available in the centre of the room. Video footage picks up the German official saying “ermm?” as Michel takes his place at Erdogan’s side without hesitation, leaving her to sit on a sofa, prompting #SofaGate to trend on social media. Watch the embarrassing moment here.
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