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European regulator denies link between AstraZeneca vaccine and clots

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EMA, the European Union’s drug regulator, denied that it had reached a conclusion about a possible relationship between cases of thrombosis and the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine.

In a statement, the EMA said on Tuesday that “it has not reached a conclusion yet and that the review is in progress”. The findings are expected to be released later this week, Wednesday or Thursday, according to the note.

EMA said after the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero published that, according to an EMA source heard, “a link” had been found between the vaccine and cases of thrombosis. The information was officially denied by the agency.

A few days ago the agency’s executive director, Emer Cooke, said it was not possible to trace a causal link between the cases and the immunizer. The EMA and entities like the World Health Organization had previously made statements stating that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks of side effects.

In the past few weeks, a hundred cases of clots in Europeans have raised suspicions that there could be some connection with the vaccine. Fears prompted several countries to temporarily suspend the application of the immunizer in March. The application has already resumed, although nations such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Canada have suspended administration in people under 55, 60 or 65 years (depending on the country).

In March, when analyzing the cases of clots found, the EMA said that it was not possible to verify evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of a clot. The cases could already happen naturally in patients, without having been impacted by the vaccine.

More than 20 million people have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in the EU and the UK, and officials say the number of clot cases found is no greater than those that would normally occur in such a large portion of the population.

The authorities also say that stopping vaccination would bring even more risks, especially if there is no substitute vaccine. The European Union has recorded about 16,000 deaths per week related to covid-19 and more than 2,000 deaths per day.

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