EU links clots to AstraZeneca jabs

Top News | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 7 Apr 2021

A top official of the European Medicines Agency said in an interview published yesterday that there is a link between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and blood clots.

"In my opinion, we can say it now, it is clear there is a link with the vaccine. But we still do not know what causes this reaction," EMA head of vaccines Marco Cavaleri told an Italian newspaper.

Persistent questions on whether rare but serious clots among those taking the AstraZeneca jab are more frequent than that in the general population have undermined confidence in the vaccine.

After several countries suspended its use, the EMA declared the benefits outweigh the risks and it should remain in use.

But it added that a causal link between clots and the vaccine is possible.

"We are trying to get a precise picture of what is happening, to define in detail this syndrome," Cavaleri said.

"Among the vaccinated, there are more cases of cerebral thrombosis among young people than we would expect."

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