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Why is the AstraZeneca covid vaccine being suspended by so many EU countries? And Prince Philip is out of hospital.

Rachelle Abbott and David Marsland
·1-min read
 (Evening Standard)
(Evening Standard)

Welcome to the Evening Standard's daily podcast, The Leader, bringing you exclusive analysis and insight of the events setting the news agenda tonight.

With countries across Europe suspending use of the AstraZeneca injection, we speak to Dr Will Budd, from Imperial College London, about claims that the vaccine may be causing blood clots in some recipients.

He tells us there's no evidence to suggest a link, and that the jab is safe. He says countries like Germany, France and Spain are simply taking precautions, but he expects they'll re-introduce the vaccine soon.

Also, the Evening Standard's Jonathan Prynn talks to us as the Duke of Edinburgh is finally released from hospital after nearly a month.

Prince Philip was being treated at King Edward VII for an infection and a heart condition. He's now thought to be back at Windsor castle with the Queen.

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