United Kingdom reports more clotting cases in people receiving the AstraZeneca shot

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The clotting events that have drawn the most concern, known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, entail clots in the veins that drain blood from the brain, a condition that can lead to a rare type of stroke.

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".

AstraZeneca Plc said the review of safety data of people vaccinated with its Covid-19 vaccine has shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots.

The authority indicated that "the risk of developing this specific type of blood clots is very small".

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said it had received no blood clot events following use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The World Health Organization has also urged countries to continue using the jab. Speaking to Reuters, the government's chief medical adviser said United States authorities had secured enough coronavirus inoculations to immunise the entire population and possibly administer booster shots in the autumn.

"Receiving the vaccine is by far the safest choice in terms of minimizing individual risk of serious illness or death", he said.

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Professor Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol, said: "The report states that these cases are being very carefully investigated to better understand whether or not they may have any causal relationship with vaccination".

The move came after five new cases were recorded in the Netherlands in women aged 25 to 65 years, one of whom died.

Germany had taken a similar decision earlier this week. Meanwhile, Australia on Saturday said it would continue to use the vaccine after one case that highlighted concern over blood clots.

Dr Fauci provided a dubious answer when asked whether the US Department of Health will use the 300 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine the US bought past year.

The agency said it had identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events following use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, out of 18.1 million doses administered up to and including March 24. People can not choose which one they get.

On Thursday, Germany's immunisation commission, the STIKO, recommended that anyone younger than 60 who received an initial vaccination with AstraZeneca be given either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots as their second vaccine doses.

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