Violent anti-vaccine protesters have tried to storm a government office in London.
Videos posted on social media from the scene show the demonstrators clashing with police in Canary Wharf.
The building is home to the head offices of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for authorising a wide range of medical treatments, including Covid-19 vaccines.
A livestream of the ongoing incident showed hundreds marching through the area towards the office.
A small group of protesters can be seen trying to force he door, with a handful of security guards resisting on the other side.
They were disrupted by a column of police officers moving in and forcing them back.
One officer can be seen throwing a punch at one of protesters after being struck in the face.
More police arrived to secure the building but protesters are still massed outside and are now listening to speeches over a loudspeaker.
It comes as the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation prepares to give the government its final recommendation on the booster jab programme.
The committee’s deputy chairman Professor Anthony Harnden said this week that it is ‘highly likely’ there will be a booster programme, but a final decision has not been made.
He said the committee is awaiting the results of the Cov-Boost study, which is looking at different vaccines to see what immune responses they give and whether jabs can be mixed and matched.
Ministers are preparing to being the programme this month to raise immunity levels in older and vulnerable people before the winter.
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