Macron and Merkel regimes forced to U-turn on Britain’s brilliant jab

France and Germany have been forced into an embarrassing U-turn on Britain’s brilliant Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, resuming use of the jab after the European Medicines Agency confirmed yesterday it is “a safe and efficient vaccine” and is “not associated with increased risk of blood clots”.

France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex has even said he will receive the shot today, joining a similar move from British PM Boris Johnson to prove the safety of the life-saving wonder drug.

The nations were among more than a dozen European countries to suspend use of the shot after the circulation of fake news about its alleged links to blood clotting.

But at a blockbuster press conference yesterday, European medical boffins backed Britain’s brainiacs and confirmed that the vaccine is safe for use and not associated with excess blood clotting.

EMA director Emer Cooke went so far as to say: “If it were me, I would be vaccinated tomorrow.”

The move had already been slammed by European medical heads, with Italy’s drugs agency boss Professor Nicola Magrini saying “the choice is a political one” while a senior German lawmaker branded it “a clear mistake”.

The suspension of the jab in both France and Germany followed a campaign of vile fake news about the jab’s alleged efficacy in elderly recipients, with dimwit Macron claiming in January that “everything suggests that it is almost ineffective for those over 65, and some say over 60.”

His ridiculous remarks were refuted by top British jabs boffin Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, who hailed data of its effectiveness and said that such claims were “not immunologically plausible”.

He’s since hit out at the vaccine waste of major European countries in the wake of their knee-jerk suspension of the shot, saying: “Vaccines don’t save lives if they’re in fridges, they only save lives if they’re in arms.”