Boris Johnson may ‘take coronavirus vaccine on live TV to show Brits it’s safe’

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Boris Johnson may take a coronavirus vaccine on live TV to prove the jab is safe, his press secretary has said.

The Prime Minister would not rule out doing so to reassure the nation, according to aide Allegra Stratton.

It comes after the UK became the first western country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for supply.

However, Ms Stratton said Johnson "wouldn't want to take a jab that should be for someone who is extremely vulnerable, clinically vulnerable and who should be getting it before him".

The PM’s press secretary has not asked him directly.

Johnson's spokesman also said it was a matter for Buckingham Palace whether 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth received a vaccination.

A Palace spokesman declined to comment to the Reuters news agency on whether the queen would get a jab, saying the medical matters of the royals were traditionally kept private.

Regulators have approved the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine – with the NHS ready to start the roll out next week, before Christmas.

Scientists found the vaccine offers up to 95% protection against the virus and works in all age groups.

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The Government said the approval follows "months of rigorous clinical trials" which found it met its standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

Britain has already ordered 40 million doses, which are enough to vaccinate 20 million people as it requires two shots each.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 800,000 doses will be available next week.

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