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In any conversation about vaccine safety, there is one statistic worth holding on to: one in 1,000.
One in 1,000 people in the UK have already died after being infected with coronavirus during the pandemic. This is the known threat from the disease that any risks have to be balanced against.
In medicine there is an important difference between “safe” and “harmless” and between “risk” and something being “risky”.
So, what do we mean when we talk about Covid vaccines being “safe” to use?
“If you mean absolutely no adverse effect, then no vaccine is ‘safe’ and no drug is ‘safe’. Every effective medicine has