AstraZeneca jab worry may play into hands of anti-vaxxers, say Tories

Iain Duncan Smith and second MP warn of eroded confidence in plan after ‘messy’ MHRA advice

A decision to offer people under 30 an alternative vaccine to the AstraZeneca jab has prompted concern that some could shun the injection over fears about its safety.

Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader, warned that the decision by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to advise an alternative jab for the under-30s could disrupt the UK’s vaccine programme and play into the hands of anti-vaccination campaigners.

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