COVID-19: WHO insists AstraZeneca vaccine safe
The World Health Organization said countries should continue using the AstraZeneca vaccine Covid-19 jab, stating that any concerns over safety will be investigated.
This assurance is coming after several countries suspended rollout over blood clot fears, while the hard-hit United States exceeded 100 million doses of vaccine administered to its people.
According to WHO, its vaccines advisory committee is examining the safety data coming in, stressing that no causal link has been established between the AstraZeneca vaccine and clotting.
WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said, “Yes, we should continue using the AstraZeneca vaccine,” stressing that any concerns over safety must be investigated.
Recall that Denmark, Norway and Iceland paused use of the drugmaker’s shot as a precaution after isolated reports of recipients developing blood clots.
Italy and Austria have banned the use of jabs from separate batches of AstraZeneca, and Thailand and Bulgaria said this week they would delay rollout.
While India said it will carry out a deeper review of post-vaccination side effects from the AstraZeneca shot next week.
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