A MEDICAL advisor to the Government has called France’s changing vaccines policy as, “completely crackers”.

Professor Sir John Bell criticised France for refusing to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine to the under-55s, having previously said it was unsuitable for older people.

The professor, a member of the Government’s vaccines taskforce, said the changing advice was undermining confidence in the whole vaccination programme.

“It doesn’t make any sense. The whole thing looks completely crackers.

“They are changing the rules almost every week.

“They are really damaging people’s confidence in vaccines generally, not just the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“They are sitting on a massive stockpile of vaccines that they haven’t deployed yet and, at the same time, they have got a massive wave of the new variants coming across the country.

“You couldn’t make it up.”

He added: “If there are clotting problems associated with the vaccines, I am not saying there are, but if there were, they are at a very tiny level compared with the problems you get if you get the disease.

“If you want to die of a clot, get Covid.”

Professor Sir John was speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, today.