Healthy adults aged under 30 in the UK will be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, after evidence showing it could be linked to a very rare form of blood clot. Regulators say there’s still no proof of a connection, but out of more than 20 million dosages previously are presented in the UK, 79 parties have suffered the lumps – and 19 have unhappily died.

Officials have stressed that the huge benefits of taking the vaccine still far outweigh the risk of side effects for the vast majority of people – saying the poking is “safe, effective, and has saved thousands of lives”.

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