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European Medicines Agency: AstraZeneca vaccine risks ‘very rare’

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In a new statement, Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency said there is no specific risk of clots from getting AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine.

The new statements to exacerbate the vaccine controversy came hours after a different statement.

On Tuesday, an official of the European Medicines Regulatory Agency confirmed a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and the cases of blood clots observed after taking it.

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“We can now say that, obviously, there is a link with the vaccine,” Marco Cavalieri, head of vaccine strategy at the European Medicines Agency, said in an interview with the Italian newspaper “El massagero”. But we do not yet know what is causing this reaction,” AFP reported.

The British Medicines Agency announced Saturday that 7 people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine died of blood clots, out of a total of 30 cases recorded so far.

As of March 24, the agency had received reports of 22 cases of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis and eight more cases of thrombosis associated with platelet deficiency out of a total of 18.1 million doses administered.

“Our in-depth examination of these reports is ongoing,”Agence France-Presse quoted Agency director John Ryan as saying.

It is reported that a number of countries, mostly members of the European Union, have suspended for the period the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the background of reports about thrombosis.


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