EMA official links AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots

EU denies blocking 3.1 million Astra Zeneca shots to Australia

Australia on Tuesday said it had not yet received more than 3 million doses of previously promised AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses amid export curbs by the European Union, leaving a major hole in its early nationwide inoculation drive.

EMA head of vaccines Marco Cavaleri told Italy's Il Messaggero newspaper that "in my opinion, we can say it now, it is clear there is a link with the vaccine", although it was not clear what caused such a reaction.

"In summary: in the next few hours we will say the connection exists, but we still have to understand how this happens".

Last week, the German government announced it would stop general use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 60 amid concerns over blood clots, with Canada doing the same for the under-55s.

Ireland was one of those countries that suspended the rollout of the vaccine.

The EMA said the vaccine was not associated with an increase in the overall risk of blood clots, but may be associated with clots linked to very rare condition involving low levels of blood platelets (thromocytopenia).

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The CDC also said that fully protected people could hug and gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without masks. According to the health authorities, the pandemic causes an average of about 1,000 deaths per day in the United States.

He also stated that there are more cases of rare cerebral vein thrombosis in young people who have had the AstraZeneca vaccine than the EMA predicted.

Today's news contrasts starkly with the EMA's statement that was published on March 11, which stated that AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine showed no direct links to blood clots.

Mr Cavaleri said they are still trying to understand where exactly this link comes from.

Mr Cavaleri confirmed the benefits of having the vaccination still outweighed the risks and added: "We will go into the various age groups in more detail".

The majority of Australia's near 26 million population will be administered the AstraZeneca vaccine, with 50 million doses set to be produced locally from the end of March. Should the United Kingdom government restrict access to AstraZeneca, the speed of their vaccine rollout could be greatly slowed down. It is expected to provide an updated assessment this week. There have been seven deaths among the 30 cases.

The EMA has so far maintained the benefits of the AstraZeneca jab in protecting against the coronavirus outweigh any risks.

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