UK AstraZeneca recipients die of clots; regulator: Benefits outweigh risks

UK AstraZeneca recipients die of clots; regulator: Benefits outweigh risks”

The 30 reports of thrombosis, submitted by doctors or members of the public via a government website, came after 18.1 million doses of the vaccine had been administered to people in the country.

"There should be no doubt whatsoever about the safety of vaccines".

Health minister Hugo de Jonge has said every adult in the country who wants to be vaccinated will have had at least one dose by the beginning of July.

THE UK'S MEDICAL regulator has said that seven people out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have died.

In a statement, the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that, of 30 reported cases it announced on Friday, "sadly seven have died".

CVST clots stop blood draining from the brain properly.

In reporting its updated case count, Britain's medicines regulator said that "the benefits of the vaccines against COVID-19 continue to outweigh any risks, and you should continue to get your vaccine when invited to do so".

Similarly, the European Union's drug regulator declared the vaccine "safe and effective" for use.

It follows data from the EU regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which said on Thursday that there had been 62 cases worldwide of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis associated with the vaccine.

According to the latest statistics from Australia's Health Department, 541,761 vaccine doses have been administered as of March 28. This is only 12% of the adult population.

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Germany took a similar decision earlier this week.

The Netherlands has temporarily halted the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people under the age of 60, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

Spain had restricted the vaccine for under-65s, but it reversed its decision, extending the roll-out to those over 65, on Tuesday.

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission (EC) has blamed pharmaceutical firms - primarily AstraZeneca - for not delivering the promised doses to the continent.

"That's still up in the air", said Fauci when asked whether the USA will use the AstraZeneca vaccine doses.

Linda Bauld, professor at Edinburgh University, said: "It doesn't look from the behavioural response, the surveys I've seen, that it's affecting uptake in the United Kingdom and that's really important".

She said: "These kinds of pauses and reviews are a sign that the system is working".

Britain, where the vaccine was developed with the University of Oxford, has been one of the countries worst-hit by coronavirus with almost 127,000 dead.

To date, 31,301,267 people have had a first vaccine dose in the United Kingdom and 4,948,635 have had two doses.

Many have resumed the vaccine's use only for older people, aged 55 and above, because the blood clots are believed to affect younger people.

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