A nurse prepares the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Deisenhofen, Germany, on March 31.
A nurse prepares the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Deisenhofen, Germany, on March 31. Lennart Preiss/AFP/Getty Images

The occasions of the previous 24 hours have left many nervous and uncertain of precisely how secure the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is.

A quick recap:

After days of speculative media protection, European drug regulators on Wednesday confirmed a doable hyperlink between the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and uncommon blood clots, and UK authorities beneficial that individuals beneath 30 ought to take different vaccines.

While the European Medicines Agency and its British counterpart acknowledged that rising proof pointed to a hyperlink, they each emphasised that the probabilities of clots have been on stability nonetheless very low and that the vaccine was nonetheless very efficient at stopping Covid-19.

The EMA’s resolution was based mostly on 18 deaths in 62 circumstances of clotting in the sinuses that drain blood from the mind and 24 circumstances of clotting in the stomach. The circumstances have been reported in an EU database from European international locations, together with the UK, where round 25 million folks have had the vaccine.

The European regulator suggested that the vaccine nonetheless be used as regular, whereas the UK suggested that individuals beneath the age of 30 ought to obtain a totally different vaccine. The purpose for that is that as the age group will get youthful, the probabilities of severe sickness or demise from Covid-19 lessens, which means the margin between the advantages and the dangers narrows. 

The British authorities is already preventing again in the hope that Wednesday’s information gained’t result in vaccine hesitancy. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock sought to reassure Britons this morning that the vaccine rollout was continuing “in the safest way possible.”

“Be reassured by the fact that we’re taking an abundance of caution,” Hancock informed Sky News Thursday. “All three vaccines that are in use in the UK are safe, and they’re safe at all ages. But there is a preference for the under-30s, if they want to have the Pfizer or Moderna jab instead.” 

The Daily Telegraph newspaper even found and spoke to the family of a man who died from a blood clot after having the vaccine, saying that they nonetheless consider folks ought to take the jab when given the probability.

This story, of course, has implications past the UK, and developments in the coming days shall be essential in the world struggle in opposition to coronavirus. Many creating international locations are relying on the AstraZeneca vaccine as a method out of the pandemic.


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