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Four minutes before going on air on Monday evening, Cathy Newman took a phone call. The voice on the other end was that of a senior government figure. He pleaded with the Channel 4 News presenter not

Four minutes before going on air on Monday evening, Cathy Newman took a phone call. The voice on the other end was that of a senior government figure. He pleaded with the Channel 4 News presenter not to run the story she had been working on for more than 24 hours.
The government had good reason to be nervous. Newmans story was potentially explosive. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), she was set to report, was considering restricting use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in younger people. A decision could be made within days.
The stakes could not be higher. After a series of unforced errors by the drug company and weeks of spats with Europe over safety, the fear in government