Former British prime minister Tony Blair has called for British authorities to release more data surrounding the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab to help ease fears around the vaccine.
In a foreword for a report published by his own non-profit, Blair warned that global vaccination efforts would be undermined if vaccines such as the one developed by AstraZeneca are “discredited based on unjustified anxieties about safety or efficacy.”
He called on the government to publish data on: the number of people vaccinated, then broken down by first dose and second dose and by age group; how many people contracted Covid-19 after being jabbed; how many of those were hospitalized and how many of those died.
“I accept completely that the presentation of data has to be carefully curated so that it does not mislead but accurately informs,” he said.
“However, we are in a situation where, in my judgement, only the release of the total data set for the UK vaccination programme will carry the global credibility AstraZeneca needs,” he said.
He added the reluctance around vaccines, particularly the AstraZeneca vaccine, is “completely wrong and unjustified.”
Britain recently changed its advice surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine following rare reports of blood clots. It has recommended people only aged 30 and over should receive the vaccine.