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Agency: Possible link between AstraZeneca shot, rare clots

LONDON (AP) — The EU's drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still...

4/7/2021 5:10:00 PM

BREAKING: The Europe an Union's drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh risks.

LONDON (AP) — The EU's drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still...

April 7, 2021 GMTFILE - In this Sunday, March 21, 2021 file photo, a vial of of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh temple, on the day the first Vaisakhi Vaccine Clinic is launched, in Luton, England. A top official at the European Medicines Agency says there's a causal link between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and rare cases of blood clots, but he says the benefits of getting the vaccine still outweigh the risks, it was reported on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

FILE - In this Sunday, March 21, 2021 file photo, a vial of of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh temple, on the day the first Vaisakhi Vaccine Clinic is launched, in Luton, England. A top official at the European Medicines Agency says there's a causal link between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and rare cases of blood clots, but he says the benefits of getting the vaccine still outweigh the risks, it was reported on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

LONDON (AP) — The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh risks.In a statement released Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency placed no new restrictions on using the vaccine in people 18 and over. headtopics.com

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.LONDON (AP) — The European Union’s drug regulator will announce the conclusions of its investigation into the possible connection between AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine and rare blood clots later Wednesday, including recommendations that could have far-reaching effects on the use of the shot that is key to global efforts to end the pandemic.

Earlier this week, a senior official from the European Medicines Agency said there was a causal link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and the rare clots that have been seen in dozens of people worldwide, among the tens of millions who have received at least one dose of the shot.

ADVERTISEMENTsaid in comments to Rome’s Il Messaggero newspaperon Tuesday that “it is becoming more and more difficult to affirm that there isn’t a cause-and-effect relationship between AstraZeneca vaccines and the very rare cases of blood clots associated with a low level of platelets.”

But Cavaleri acknowledged the agency hadn’t yet figured out how exactly the vaccine might be causing these rare side effects. The agency said its evaluation “has not yet reached a conclusion and the review is currently ongoing.”The EMA is particularly focused on two types of rare blood clots: one that appears in multiple blood vessels and another that occurs in a vein that drains blood from the brain. It is also evaluating reports of people who had low levels of blood platelets, which puts them at risk of severe bleeding. headtopics.com

The EMA, the World Health Organization and numerous other health authorities have said repeatedly that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective and that the protection it offers against COVID-19 outweighs the small risks of rare blood clots.As recently as last week, the EMA said “there is no evidence that would support restricting the use of this vaccine in any population” — a response to several countries doing just that — though an expert said more brain clots were being reported than would be expected. To date, most of the cases have been reported in younger women, who are more susceptible to developing such rare clots anyway, making understanding what is causing the clots potentially more difficult.

“The problem is these clots are very unusual, and we don’t really know what the background rate of them is, so it’s very hard to know if the vaccine is contributing to this,” said Dr. Peter English, who formerly chaired the British Medical Association’s Public Health Medicine Committee.

ADVERTISEMENTA full investigation would likely take months, but English said given the urgency of the continuing pandemic, regulators would likely make a quick decision.“It’s very likely we will see a suspension of the vaccine’s use in certain groups while they do the further investigations to give us clearer answers,” English said.

In March, more than a dozen countries, mostly in Europe, suspended their use of AstraZeneca over the blood clot issue. Most restarted — some with age restrictions — after the EMA said countries should continue using the potentially life-saving vaccine. headtopics.com

The suspensions were seen as particularly damaging for AstraZeneca because they came after repeated missteps in how the company reported data on the vaccine’s effectiveness and concerns over how well its shot worked in older people. That has led to frequently changing advice in some countries on who can take the vaccine,

, spurring more vaccine hesitancy and prolonging the pandemic.English said the back-and-forth over the AstraZeneca vaccine globally could have serious consequences.“We can’t afford not to use this vaccine if we are going to end the pandemic,” he said.

That’s because the vaccine is cheaper and easier to store than many others, is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a pillar of the U.N.-backed program known as COVAX that aims to get vaccines to some of the world’s poorest countries. It has been endorsed for use in more than 50 countries, including by the 27-nation EU and WHO. U.S. authorities are still evaluating the vaccine.

The governor of Italy’s northern Veneto region said any decision to change the guidance on AstraZeneca would cause major disruptions to immunizations — at a time when Europe is already struggling to ramp them up — and could create more confusion about the shot.

“If they do like Germany, and allow Astra Zeneca only to people over 65, that would be absurd. Before it was only for people under 55. Put yourself in the place of citizens, it is hard to understand anything,” Luca Zaia told reporters on Wednesday.The latest suspension of AstraZeneca came in Spain’s Castilla y León region, where health chief Verónica Casado said Wednesday that “the principle of prudence” drove her to put a temporary hold on the vaccine that she still backed as being both effective and necessary.

“If there are in fact individuals of a certain age group that could have a higher risk (of clotting) then we need to adjust its use,” Casado told Spanish public radio. “We are not questioning AstraZeneca. We need all the vaccines possible to reach the goal of 70% of the adult population.”

French health authorities said they, too, were awaiting EMA’s conclusions and would follow the agency’s recommendations, especially for the 500,000 people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca.Even officials in Asia said they were keen to hear the EMA’s decision. On Wednesday, South Korea said it would temporarily suspend the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in people 60 and younger. In that age group, the country is only currently vaccinating health workers and people in long-term care settings.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said it would also pause a vaccine rollout to school nurses and teachers that was to begin on Thursday, while awaiting the outcome of the EMA’s review.English, the former chair of the British drug regulator, said that even rare, serious side effects are seen with established vaccines and that policymakers often decide that bigger public health goals warrants their use, citing the polio vaccine as an example. For every million doses that are given of the oral polio vaccine, about one child is paralyzed from the live virus contained in the vaccine.

On Tuesday, AstraZeneca and Oxford University, which developed the vaccine, paused a study of the shot in children while the U.K. regulator evaluates the link between the shot and rare blood clots in adults.___Associated Press writers Joseph Wilson in Barcelona, Spain, Colleen Barry in Milan, Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.

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I’m an 18 year old and I had it last week. I’m now panicking 1. Disagree, benefits of the shot don't outweigh the risk. Consider you can still get covid (or die from covid) after the shot. Where's the benefit, if the jab prevented covid I'd agree. And no I'm not anti injections or a conspirator before the morons start.

79 cases, of whom 19 died. Out of 18 million vaccinated. Won't be getting second dose, I'm furious why give me the cheap £3 vaccine and under 30s get the £25 jab? If anyone of my family gets blood clot I'm buying a one way ticket to London . C u n t s I have had my 1st vaccine of this drug I couldn’t have the other ones as have really bad allergies I have had DVTs in the past after operations so was given injections for 14 days to put into my stomach and I am wearing stockings My 4 children/ adults all under 30 have had the

More bulllllllshiiiiiit Ok so what will they be saying next week and the week after that, this is total bollocks, 2 weeks ago it was safe, now it's the under 30's what next so the uk gov LIED once agin ,, you murderers Blood clots fuh ya batty Why all this information was not given before,but after EU refused to use A.Z vaccine and complained

Unless you die lol. I'm sticking to vitamin D3 + K2 in the meantime, which significantly reduces infection and symptom risks. For many respiratory illness as well. I still don't understand why a vaccine will suddenly you a blood clot. Is this a common thing? Excuses Excuses Excuses. I'm surprised people are actually buying this bullshit.

pathetic that the benefits of the shot still outweigh risks for under 30's clearly age discrimination! What happens to the under 30's who've had their first jab? What will they have now for second ? They literally don’t. That’s really sad considering that’s the vaccine that most will get. Apparently the clots are part of the response. We shouldn’t even be surprised. We should be using mRNA vaccines. Obviously AstraZeneca, is trying to keep up with these vaccines but can’t.

So it’s ok to get a blood clot as long as your over 30 Yeah, I'll stick with Pfizer/Moderna, thanks. I feel the greater danger lies in the length of time it takes to create a vaccine barrier that can halt emergence of new variants. Better the devil you know. ReaderMode save Because they don't want to throw away money

One dies WITH coronavirus and not FROM coronavirus. Isn’t that true? I call BS on this Let me say it for the majority. Pro vaxxers here are the FAKE/GOV BOT ACCOUNTS. As for rest of us F.U.C.K. YOUR VACCINE 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🤜🖕 Trials have 2 outcomes, pass or fail & try again. This shot failed, so go back & fix it then try again.

a stroke is not just a light side effect Thank God to those raised concern there was really a concern BLOOD CLOT! So the benefits outweigh the risk because y’all already orders $Billions worth of this clotting juice.... right? Identify the link. But I don't have COVID-19 either, so why introduce potential unnecessary blood clot risk from a vaccine, that is not currently present...?

Why would anyone take AZN? Already had it, I’m 29 and have heart disease, and one blood thinning medication, so nice to have a warning beforehand.. 🤣 The people already having history of blood clotting should be able to opt for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines instead of AZ. This right of self precaution should not be denied, which i was by my GP. Anyone could advice where should i look for help please?

It's a shit show. & every body knows it Yep, not taking it. Its Pfizer or nothing. Tell that to my husband who lived through a pulmonary embolism. 'Possible'? It's already a known fact and has been for a long time. Just can’t be truthful.... China dictated the investigation that mattered.... what did the guy say,” sounds right to me”. (60 minutes)

Blood clot They outweigh the risks unless you are one of the people it kills. No deaths from vaccines, should be your priority. yeah so they can continue to make billions off our lives. No thanks! Hilarious! Of course “they” are going to say that! Making $ through the big lie! Get the vaccine, don’t get the vaccine...personal decision based on YOUR INDIVIDUAL health circumstances. Don’t vilify anyone either way!

Past AZ medication experience tells me to trust them as far as I can throw an elephant. Interesting thing about statistics is........they mean nothing until you become one of them. And for those of us who have had AZ part one already and under 30 I wonder if it matters if you're the one with the side effects or not

if you're in a high risk category over 65etc. there might be some 'benefit' but if you're not the survival rate being 99% what exactly is 'the benefit' for a healthy person who if 'infected' has no symptoms? it's not your place to say 'the benefits out weigh the risk' it ours Look I'm no anti-vaxxer. I fully support vaccines. But this isn't just a matter of 'oh you might develop a rash, minor swelling, or sweats.' it's fucking BLOT CLOTS which can kill. So I'd say it's worthwhile investigating a bit more before continuing with AstraZeneca.

It’s like what difference does it make if people get harm and those who survive the drug. Yet those at the top will not be taking the vaccine as they are aware of the danger maybe they can make a vaccine for clotting in Oxford They are giving the under 30s the mRNA gene editing one. You must be fucking insane to believe any of this. 2 years time. We're really sorry but we have accidentally sterilised your kids. But hey it's great for overpopulation and the environment

Joke this don’t fill me with confidence after I’ve already had the Oxford vaccine and due to have the second jab in May why would you offer an alternative if there’s nothing wrong with the Oxford one piss poor government BBCBreakfast GoodMorningBritain Still a possibly They could of woke up one day and developed them.. It's just pure coincidence they got injected on that day.. LOOOL. Keep it coming sheep, you're doing us a service!!

In other words : AKA : We don't want to take a lo$$ on this !!! vyra fox4beaumont No thanks Like saying the Pfizer vaccine can spontaneously rearrange it's own atoms into a lemon. I mean nothing in the laws of physics prevents it happening, but the likelihood? Just nonsense Nope. The United Kingdom's drug regulator says the AstraZeneca vaccine has huge benefits but people under 30 will be offered another product due to a rare blood clot risk.

“Benefits outweigh the risks” for whom? Is that blanket statement true for every age category? It's just getting sad guys. ⚡️ CCP=Genocide CCP=COVID 19🦠=Nazi=Satan👿 CCP=Contemporary genetic weapon CCP=Unrestricted biology weapons CCP=Unrestricted Biowarfare CCP≠China CCP ≠ Chinese people Don’t trust Vaccines

lol So now work on a screening tool for the rare clotting disorder instead of changing the vaccine. 'Admittedly it's a sh*t sandwich, but i thought you said you were hungry'.....Can you believe how many 'previously' trusted institutions have taken the King's shilling?! Its all about money now. All about the bag, protecting monopolies & nothing else

Blood clot not as risky as a cold? Wow, science has changed so much in the last year! A 0.0006% risk of a blood clot. ( circa 200 cases in 34 million vaccines). I think that is ‘possible link’ with a very small ‘p’.