BORIS Johnson has urged people to get their Covid-19 vaccine when invited, after concerns were raised about potential side effects of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab.

The Prime Minister highlighted that getting the nation vaccinated was still 'the key thing'.

It comes as regulatory bodies from the UK and Europe are assessing data on the jab and a potential association with a rare form of blood clot.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also confirmed that it will also convene a panel of experts to assess the information.

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The WHO and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have confirmed they will publish findings later this week.

Mr Johnson defended the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as he visited the pharmaceutical giant’s manufacturing plant in Macclesfield on Tuesday.

He said: On the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, the best thing people should do is look at what the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) say, our independent regulator – that is why we have them, that’s why they are independent.

"Their advice to people is to keep going out there, get your jab, get your second dose.

"The best thing of all is to vaccinate our population, get everybody out getting the jab, that is the key thing and that is what I would advocate, number one.