Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has slammed some world leaders who are actively spreading disinformation about the AstraZeneca vaccine, like French president Emmanuel Macron who spoke against it early this year.
Tony Blair who spoke during a discussion on whether coronavirus vaccines should be made mandatory for everybody while on the Andrew Marr show, called for data to be presented to encourage people to take the vaccine.
Mr Blair said, “I think rather than putting the data out in percentage risk reduction.
“If we were to publish the overall figures showing the numbers vaccinated with each, the numbers of those that still have covid, the numbers of those still hospitalised, the numbers of those who have died.
“I think the impact will be dramatic. Not just here in Britain, but around the world. One of the biggest problems in getting the world vaccinated is there is now resistance to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“That I think is completely unjustified on the data. And if we did publish the data in that way, I think you would see very clearly both one that vaccines are massively effective in reducing the disease.
“And two, that AstraZeneca and Pfizer are roughly similar.”
As you may know, negative comments made regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine by Mr Macron as well as some other european leaders were the reason for a massive uptick of vaccine hesitancy in the bloc.
Vaccine rollout across Europe was delayed after negative comments from the leaders and about its safety, plus disputes with Britain over exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
26.8 million Britons have now received the first and second doses of the coronavirus vaccine as the new week will see the moment under-30’s in England will get offered the vaccine.