Calm urged ahead of EMA assessment on AstraZeneca

Covid 19 coronavirus: AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots link 'clear', says top health official

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.

Asked if the risk-benefit ratio was still in favor of the vaccine, Cavaleri replied, "Yes". About 2.5 million doses have been locally produced so far with thousands of doses already cleared testing and distributed to the vaccination sites.

The UK regulator has maintained there is no evidence to suggest a causal link between blood clots and the Oxford jab, and that the benefits continue to outweigh any risk.

The EMA's safety committee "has not yet reached a conclusion and the review is now ongoing", the agency said in a statement to AFP, adding that it expected to announce a decision on Wednesday or Thursday.

On Monday, he confirmed his prediction to Le Parisien: "We now have good visibility of what is happening, from the production of vaccines to the distribution and tests", he said.

"Their advice to people is to keep going out there, get your jab, get your second jab".

"We can now say, it is clear that there is a link with the vaccine", Cavaleri said in the interview.

Dutch stop giving AstraZeneca vaccine to under-60s pending review
The man received his vaccine dose on March 22. "We are taking this very seriously", Professor Kidd said on Friday afternoon. The European Medicines Agency said its safety committee will probably issue an updated recommendation next week.

"The U.K. needs to be on high alert as it starts using the vaccine in younger people", Sam Fazeli, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence, wrote in a report.

If a restriction is confirmed, the rollout of the vaccination programme could be slowed significantly, with AstraZeneca jabs more than a fifth of the UK's vaccine haul. There have been seven deaths among the 30 cases.

Use of the AstraZeneca vaccine was temporarily halted in many countries in March after several cases of blood clots were found in Norway.

An investigation is also underway in the United Kingdom, where researchers are looking at the possibility of links between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots.

Prof Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises the United Kingdom government, told the BBC there was "a lot of uncertainties around" and more information was "desperately" needed.

As of March 31st, the EMA had identified 62 cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) in the world - 44 of them in Europe - among 9.2 million doses of AstraZeneca administered.

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