The Anonymous Widower

Fergus Walsh On The AstraZeneca Vaccine

I have just watching a ten-minute interview on BBC Breakfast with Fergus Walsh, who is the BBC’s Medical Editor.

If you are worried about Covid-19 vaccination and the AstraZeneca vaccine in particular, I suggest you find the interview on iPlayer. It took place at 0815.

He is undoubtedly well-connected to healthcare in the UK, as during the pandemic, he has had deep-access to doctors, researchers and patients, so anything he says, should surely be taken seriously.

Clots Caused By The AstraZeneca Vaccine

On this he said, it was at the same rate as the Pfizer vaccine. Now there’s a thing!

The rate of those, who broke their ankle after being vaccinated is also probably the same for both vaccines.

Fergus Has Had The AstraZeneca Vaccine

This happened on Sunday.

His endorsement of the vaccine, is probably as well-reasoned as anyone.


Why are politicians and others rubbishing the AstraZeneca vaccine, when respected agencies say there is no problem?

Is it just jealousy?

Given the success of the vaccine with AstraZeneca, I doubt Oxford will be looking for another partner.

March 16, 2021 - Posted by | Health | , , , , ,


  1. Given that hundreds if not thousands of people have died as a result of blood clots following a Covid infectioon it is bizarre that you’d deny people protection from Covid because of a completely unproven ‘link’ between the vaccine and clotting incidents. This is a political decision to attack the UK, rather than one based on scientific or statistical evidence or even simple common sense. It bolsters the prejudices of those (many) French citizens who cling to mediaeval superstitions about vaccines spread by social media disinformation channels.

    If the EU doesn’t want the millions of doses of AZ vaccine it already has, then it should donate them immediately to poorer countries that are crying out for vaccine. And if the French and others refuse to get vaccinated they shouldn’t expect to be allowed to travel to countries that are successfully tackling the virus.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | March 16, 2021 | Reply

  2. I’ve just talked to an English friend in the Netherlands, who I thought was sensible. They won’t be having any vaccine because of the thrombosis risk. Their message was also very anti-Boris. Well this has nothing to do with him, except that he appointed the right person to be in charge of vaccine procurement.

    Comment by AnonW | March 16, 2021 | Reply

  3. We remember how the French insisted that Concord aircraft had an e at the end Concorde so it looked French and no doubt they don’t like the way Oxford gets all the publicity and I reckon had the vaccine been developed in France they would have made it the only one allowed!

    The irony is Covid often causes blood clots and given we started our vaccination program with the oldest first then if blood clots had been a serious side affect of vaccination then it would have soon appeared in those most likely to suffer clots especially those who are bed bound in car homes .

    Yet tens of millions have been vaccinated and now we see how infection from covid19 and even deaths is beginning to fall as vaccination begins to work meaning far more are still alive than sto vaccination than have died of blood clots ….

    It seems these Europeans are the real clots !

    Comment by Melvyn | March 16, 2021 | Reply

  4. If AstraZeneca is a problem why are they still using Pfizer? Similar numbers of blood clot incidents etc. There is definitely a taste of sour-grapes here. Having lambasted the AstraZeneca vaccine and been shown to be wrong the French have found another way of ridiculing it. So what if a few thousands more die or suffer long-term effects?

    Sheer callousness.

    Comment by MauriceGReed | March 16, 2021 | Reply

  5. I think the decision to halt the AZ vaccine in Europe is wrong given the risk/reward. At the same time I think that to dismiss the possible connection between the jab and blood clots is to potentially be guilty of the same nationalism being decried of those on the other side of La Manche.

    Yes, the occurrance of clots is similar to the population at large. What of reports that the type of clots is rare? How soon after the jab did they fall ill? Did those who have suffered or died from clots have jabs from the same batch? (Could it be a problem specific to a/the European production plant(s)?)

    With the exception of a small minority we are not experts here and are all shooting from the hip, myself included. The regulator should be able to get this information and take a cool look at the data, though. They should do this quickly, working around the clock to ascertain and hopefully reassure once they have the facts in hand. Maybe Thursday is one timeframe that is being mentioned.

    As a couple of commenters have noted above, one of the pathologies of the virus is blood clots so it is not inconceivable that there is a connection. There is still so much we don’t understand about the whole picture (e.g. at first it was categorised as a respiratory disease when it turns out it is a blood disease, albeit transmitted largely via the respiratory tract) so let’s not jump to conclusions, wait for more data, and keep on jabbing in the meantime.

    Comment by Brian Armitage | March 16, 2021 | Reply

  6. There seem to be a lot of people who rightly buy into the AZ is a lot better than no vaccine argument, however what they seem to be missing is the AZ versus other vaccines debate. The NHS Constitution states that an individual’s preference should be taken into account but that is being completely ignored when it comes to vaccine roll-out, personally even before the blood clot issue I had a preference for PB but was in effect ‘forced’ to have AZ. As a further point what a lot of people don’t know is that Mr Walsh’s wife is a ‘big cheese’ at a big US pharma called Bristol Meyers Squibb (who in the past have been involved in a joint venture with AZ). Now let me make it clear I am not suggesting any impropriety on the part of Mr Walsh however maybe his close family links to someone working within the industry may at times cause the impartiality of his reporting to be unintentionaly affected. More generally the BBC and others regularly talk about ‘THE vaccine’, the fact is they are not all the same and the inferred idea that different vaccines that in some cases have been developed using completely different technologies will all yield near identical results is at BEST sloppy reporting.

    Comment by Truth Seeker | April 3, 2021 | Reply

    • I take your point about vaccine choice.

      As a coeliac on a long-term gluten-free diet I don’t think I’m well-suited to the AZ vaccine. Coeliacs like me have a strong immune system, as is shown by our 25 % lower incidence of cancer.

      Could this be, why I had a bit of a reaction to the AZ vaccine, perhaps as it is a viral vector vaccine.

      I also appear to be suffering from thrombophilia, as do some coeliacs. Danish research has shown there is a link between coeliac disease and blood clots.

      So given the choice, I’d go for a non-viral vector vaccine.

      But it’s not all bad news, as research from the University of Padua may show that we have a degree of immunity to the covids.

      Risk of COVID-19 In Celiac Disease Patients

      Comment by AnonW | April 3, 2021 | Reply

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