It’s reported hundreds of thousands of doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine have been secretly shipped from the UK to Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald says the origin of the injections was kept quiet because of concerns it might cause controversy in Britain.

It’s thought the exports were never at the expense of the UK’s rollout.

It comes as The National Immunisation Advisory Committee is to decide if it needs to give the Government fresh advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

It’ll meet today, April 8th, to discuss the EMA’s decision to list rare blood clots as a possible side effect of the injection.

The Health Products Regulatory Authority has been notified of 18 reports of blood clots here, possibly associated with the vaccine, but none of the very rare kind.

Trinity College Dublin immunologist, Professor Luke O’Neill says it’s positive authorities are watching the vaccines so closely.