UK Covid live news: MHRA should issue new guidance on AstraZeneca vaccine urgently, says health committee chair

Latest updates: call comes after trial of AstraZeneca vaccine on children aged six to 17 is paused amid concerns over links to very rare blood clots

12.19pm BST

In Wales Plaid Cymru has launched its manifesto for the Senedd (Welsh parliament) election. Adam Price, the party leader, said that if Plaid formed a government, it would hold an independence referendum before the end of its first time in office. “Wales and Westminster are increasingly two different universes,” he said.

As @Plaid_Cymru unveils its manifesto today, I will set out the most ambitious and transformational programme offered by any party in any Welsh election since 1945. The deliverable and fully costed policies will provide a fairer, greener, and more prosperous future for us all. pic.twitter.com/jzcn137oAG

Interesting conversations behind the scenes suggest Plaid is unlikely to demand an independence referendum as a red line in any coalition talks with Labour (NB Plaid & Labour previously formed a coalition in 2007). But much depends on the relative performance of the two parties.

11.50am BST

Sir Keir Starmer has been speaking to journalists on his visit to Plymouth. These are from Sky’s Joe Pike.

NEW: Keir Starmer says there will be an announcement about the Astra Zeneca vaccine later today. Fits with speculation MHRA will report this afternoon.

In a pool interview for UK broadcasters Starmer also says:

-Govt’s vaccine passport policy is a ‘complete mess’.
-‘We do not support the govt’s plans in their current form’.
-It is ‘changing on an almost daily basis… there isn’t a real plan around this’.

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