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Hancock says there is no evidence AstraZeneca vaccine has caused blood clots

Hancock says there is no evidence AstraZeneca vaccine has caused blood clots”

"They are highly effective vaccines, they are life-saving vaccines, they are safe vaccines and we should get on with deploying them", she told a news conference.

His message came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a new statement saying it was also evaluating the reports, but still believed the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweighed any risks.

The decision reverses a recommendation made by the body on March 1, when the panel of vaccine experts said AstraZeneca hadn't included enough people over the age of 65 in its clinical trials.

Ministers have been insisting the Oxford vaccine is safe, with Matt Hancock saying it is "saving lives in the United Kingdom right now".

On Tuesday night, French prime minister Jean Castex suggested attitudes towards the AstraZeneca jab in the country were shifting after telling broadcasters he would accept a dose of the vaccine "as soon as the suspension is lifted". She noted the daily toll that COVID-19 is continuing to take across Europe and said vaccines were critical to stopping its spread. They're waiting for FDA approval.

Europe's drug watchdog, which is due to report later on Thursday, is reviewing a small number of reports of bleeding, blood clots and low platelet counts in people who have received AstraZeneca's vaccine.

More news: COVID-19: Morocco Maintains Use of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine

On Tuesday, the European Union's medicines regulator said there is "no indication" that the coronavirus vaccine is the cause of the reported blood clots.

Few provinces are offering a choice at the moment, though Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Monday he felt people should be offered one.

"We are anxious that there may be an effect on the trust of the vaccines", she said.

"For now, there's no real major issue exactly (with the AstraZeneca vaccine), but could it in light of what we've seen over the past couple of days? I don't know", Bourque said.

Bourque said Canadians seem to feel that we're rounding the corner as vaccination campaigns are accelerate across the country.



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