The World Health Organization (WHO) sees no reason to stop using AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine after several countries suspended the rollout over blood clot fears. This is reported by DW with reference to WHO representative Margaret Harris.
Margaret Harris told a briefing on Friday it was an “excellent vaccine” and that no causal relationship had been established between it and the health problems reported.
“It’s very important to understand that, yes, we should continue to be using the AstraZeneca vaccine,” she said.
As we reported, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) considers the reports on side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The issue is about information from a few EU countries on the blood clots of some vaccinated people.
The EMA has not confirmed yet the direct connection between the vaccines and blood clots. The experts on the basis of the preliminary data considered that the number of cases of blood-clotting after the vaccination with AstraZeneca is not higher than it is observed among the population – 22 cases per 3 million doses.
Due to this reason, seven EU counties stopped the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine; particularly, Denmark, Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia and Cyprus. Norway is not an EU member but it also stopped the use of AstraZeneca. Bulgaria, Thailand and Romania also suspended vaccination with AstraZeneca.