MORE than 200 Brits have died after getting Covid jabs but vaccines “didn’t play a role”, regulators say.
A report published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency states that the most frequent adverse recreations to the jab were sore arms, headaches, chills and fatigue.
A man receives a Covid-19 jab in a vaccination centre in St John’s Church in Ealing, LondonCredit: Alamy Live News
The MHRA has received 236 reports of adverse reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that later led to deaths, up to January 31.
Ninety people died shortly after taking the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, while there were another three were the type of vaccine wasn’t specified.
According to the MHRA, most of those who died were elderly or had underlying illnesses.
A summary found: “Review of individual reports and patterns of reporting does not suggest the vaccine played a role in the death.”
Last week, MHRA chief executive Dr June Raine said: “Vaccines are the most effective way to protect against Covid-19 and save lives and prevent serious complications from this terrible virus.
“The data we have collected provides further reassurance that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and continue to meet the rigorous regulatory standards required for all vaccines.
“We remain confident that the benefits of these vaccines outweigh any risks.”
The report also detailed how many of each vaccine has been given out.
There have been 7.1million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and 3million of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
Based on the latest vaccine figures, an average of 372,723 first doses of the jab would be needed each day to meet the Government’s target of 15 million first doses by February 15.
Britain has vaccinated more people than the whole of the EU put together.
The figure emerged as Brussels bosses were forced to admit being far too slow.
Despite an apology, Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen insisted allowing member states to buy jabs separately “would have been the end of our community”.
The Commission chief admitted that the bloc’s vaccine programme hasn’t gone as well as hoped.
She said: “We were late to authorise, we were too optimistic when it came to mass production, and perhaps we were too confident that what we ordered would actually be delivered on time.
“We need to ask ourselves why that is the case and what lessons we can draw from this experience.”
Dutch MEP Derk Jan Eppink urged her to resign while French MEP Manon Aubry called for a formal investigation.