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London — Britain should give an alternative to Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to under-30s where possible due to a “vanishingly” rare side effect of blood clots in the brain, Britain’s vaccine advisory committee said on Wednesday.

Safety concerns have prompted more than a dozen countries in recent weeks to suspend use of the vaccine, which has been given to tens of millions of people in Europe, after reports linking it to a brain blood-clotting disorder in a few dozen recipients...

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