Sumary of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Has ‘Clear’ Link To Rare Blood Clots, European Public Health Official Says:
- Link between AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and rare blood clots in the brain, a senior official from European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in an interview published Tuesday, stressing that the benefits of the shot still outweigh any possible risks, a line the EMA, World Health Organization and a number of other regulators have held while many European countries suspended or restricted the use of the vaccine..
- getty Key Facts Marco Cavaleri, who leads the EMA vaccines strategy, told Italy il Messaggero it is now “clear that there is a link with the vaccine”.
- Cavaleri said experts are still not certain what causes the reaction, though researchers in Germany and Norway last month said the vaccine could trigger an immune response that triggered the formation of blood clots in the brain..
- The EMA is expected to meet later this week to review its ongoing investigation into the shot and Cavaleri gave no indication that it was planning to deviate from its previous messaging in support of the vaccine..
- AstraZeneca, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, has previously said it has found no link between its vaccine and a higher risk of blood clots, something borne out by an analysis of tens of millions of records..
- Key Background The EMA reviewed reports that the AstraZeneca vaccine was linked to dangerous blood clotting after more than a dozen European countries started to halt rollouts in early March as a precaution..
- The EMA ascent, alongside that of the WHO, led many European countries to resume vaccination, though some, such as Norway and Denmark, have yet to..
- The EMA has said it is investigating some 44 cases of rare brain clots possibly tied to the vaccine as of March 22, including 14 deaths…