European Regulator Confirms AstraZeneca Vaccine Is ‘Safe & Effective’


The European Union’s medicines agency has confirmed that the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is indeed ‘safe and effective’ to use, following an investigation into reports of blood clots in a minority of recipients.


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The decision by the EMA comes after over a dozen European countries such as Germany, Italy, and Spain halted the vaccine’s rollout over fears of such claims.



The EMA clarified that the benefits outweigh the risks and that the vaccine isn’t linked to an ‘overall risk’ of blood clots. However, their safety committee did also say that they cannot rule out a potential link between a ‘small number of cases’ of a rare clotting disorder and the vaccination.



Therefore, it has been recommended that governments ‘raise awareness’ of the possible effects by ‘making sure they’re included in the product information’, as all other medications.



EMA executive director Emer Cooke shared, ‘Drawing attention to these possible rare conditions and providing information to healthcare professionals and vaccinated people will help to spot and mitigate and possible side effects. We’re also launching additional investigations to understand more about these rare cases and we’re conducting targeted observational studies.’



Concerns over the AstraZeneca vaccine were initially raised after a report from the Norwegian Medicines Agency revealed blood clotting events in four adults who had received the jab.



AstraZeneca also added that after a thorough review of its coronavirus immunisation data, it found no evidence of any increased risk in blood clots in any age group or gender in any country.



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also urged countries to continue using the jab, ‘As of now, we do not know whether some or all of the conditions have been caused by the vaccine or by other coincidental factors’ said Hans Kluge, WHO’s European director.

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