AstraZeneca Covid vaccine: UK adds new side effect to vaccine - recognise the symptoms?

The UK drug's regulator has added a new side effect to the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine - do you recognise the signs?

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10/22/2021 10:56:00 AM

The UK drug's regulator has added a new side effect to the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine - do you recognise the signs?

THE COVID vaccines are constantly monitored for new side effects as they make their way into populations. The UK has now added a new side effect to its list for the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. What is it?

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) - the UK's drug regulator - added an extremely rare nerve-damaging disorder to its list of possible side effects for the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine.According to the MHRA, Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a very rare side effect of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, the regulatory body announced on Thursday.

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Guillain-Barré syndrome is a very rare and serious condition that affects the nerves. It mainly affects the feet, hands and limbs, causing problems such as numbness, weakness and pain.According to the NHS, it can be treated and most people will eventually make a full recovery, although it can occasionally be life-threatening and some people are left with long-term problems.

READ MORE: AstraZeneca Covid vaccine: UK adds Guillain-Barré syndrome to list of side effects(Image: Getty Images)THE MHRA's decision comes after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) added the rare side effect to the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine last month.

At the time of its decision, some 833 cases of the disorder had been reported globally as of July 31 from nearly 600 million administered AstraZeneca vaccines.The cases had all been reported as suspected side effects following vaccination, although the EMA said they"are not necessarily related to or caused by the vaccine".

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Despite the vanishingly small risk, European health officials added GBS to the vaccine's product information as a potential side effect.

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