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'There are risks with OTHER vaccines' Dr Amir defends AstraZeneca 'benefits outweigh risk'

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GP Dr Amir Khan spoke on Good Morning Britain (GMB) to answer questions regarding the safety of the coronavirus vaccines. GMB host Ben Shephard asked whether there were any risks of taking any of the other vaccines. Dr Amir argued that no medicine was completely risk-free.

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He added that each vaccine comes with risks in the same way that aspirin and paracetamol does.

He reiterated that all were safe in fighting coronavirus and insisted that Britons should continue to take their doses.

Dr Amir said: "There are risks associated with all medication.

"No medication is risk-free and you can say that about aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen, medicines people take every single day.

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"Yes, there are risks associated with the other vaccines as well, incredibly rare risks.

"It all goes back to that risk-benefit argument.

"The benefits of getting any of the vaccines, for the vast majority of people, it outweighs the risk.

"It is really important to know that we are focussing on these blood clots and the risks there but the truth is have saved thousands of lives.

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"It is really important that we carry that on."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock also appeared on Good Morning Britain and insisted the vaccine rollout programme was continuing to do well.

Host Ben Shephard questioned whether the Health Minister was concerned this uptake would slow down after the news that the under 30s will be given a different vaccine than the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Mr Hancock replied: "There will be some time until we get on to vaccinating all the under 30s.

"If you are under 30 and watching this is that what you can take away from the decisions that were made is that we will make this as safe as possible.

"This is even though the risk of getting a blood clot is approximately the same as taking a long-haul flight.

"We are going to make this as safe as we possibly can for you, therefore you will have the choice of having a Pfizer or Moderna jab."

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