The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate the news agenda and vaccine safety is being widely discussed in the media.
A top story this week is the confirmation by both the UK and European medicines regulators that there is a possibility of very rare cases of blood clots occurring (combined with low levels of blood platelets) within two weeks of vaccination with the AstraZeneca jab.
Adding clarity and context to the debate in The Guardian
Speaking to The Guardian, Professor Saad Shakir, Director of the DSRU, said evidence of links between the vaccine and the rare blood clots “is consistent with causality” but added that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective: “It has protected millions of people from Covid-19 and will continue to do so around the world,” he said.
The DSRU stresses that blood clots as a result of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are rare. In the UK, as of the end of March, 79 events had occurred resulting in 19 deaths, from more than 18million doses of vaccine.
UK medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. As a safety precaution, the under-30s will now be offered alternative vaccines.
Getting the voices of experts heard
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