On March 18, the the European's Medicine Agency concluded that the AstraZeneca jab is a "safe and effective vaccine". "And the center where I'm getting jabbed is now using the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for those receiving their first dose, and that is the one I'll be having", Johnson said at a press conference.
An accumulated 659,475 people had been administered with their first shots as of midnight since late February, which accounts for 1.46 percent of the country's 52 million population, the KDCA said.
'You should therefore continue to get your jab when it is your turn'.
Emer Cooke, the executive director of the EMA, said the AstraZeneca vaccine is a "safe and effective option to protect citizens from COVID-19".
The agency said that although the vaccine was not associated with an increase in the overall risk of thromboembolic events or blood clots, awareness should be raised and information about any risks should be included in the product information.
However, the regulator said it "cannot rule out definitively" a link between "a small number of cases of rare and unusual but very serious blood clotting disorders" and the vaccine, with investigations ongoing.
Five men in the United Kingdom have suffered an "extremely rare" blood clot problem in the brain after having the AstraZeneca vaccine, with one of them subsequently dying, though no causal link with the jab has been established.
A man in his 20s was reported to have suffered from blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the KDCA said.
Fayemi said, "Governors reiterated their belief in the safety of the Astra Zeneca vaccines and commit to continuously encourage uptake of the vaccines by all eligible persons in their States, Governors also encourage the public to report any adverse events noticed following COVID-19 vaccination".
The fact they found five cases in 11million people suggests that - if the cases were ever linked to the vaccine - the risk was more like one in 2.2m, with one in 11m ending up fatal.
Medical bosses said the clots might have even been caused by Covid-19 itself but they didn't know.
"There is no reason for the French people to turn down the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine", government spokesman Gabriel Attal told France's RTL radio on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has vowed not to let his plans for relaxing restrictions be hindered by a slump in vaccine supply next month. So as a result we will receive slightly fewer vaccines in April than in March.
Is the vaccine rollout still on track?
The UK PM also sought to allay fears around the supply of vaccines, which has been attributed to a delay in the delivery of 5 million doses from the Serum Institute of India, a company he praised for its "herculean job" of manufacturing vaccines in large quantities.
But he said the drop in available doses would not impact on the target to offer all adults a first dose by the end of June or knock back his road map schedule.