The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has reported that the safe and benefits of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine outstigh the risks.
The EMA announced the results of its scientific assessment after some European countries, including Germany, France, Italy and Spain, temporarily halted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine on suspicion of causing side effects such as blood clotting.
Ema Director Emer Cooke said, “This vaccine is safe and effective. The benefits of the vaccine in protecting people from Covid-19 disease outlier than their possible risks,” he said.
Cooke said a review by the EMA’s scientific committee found no evidence that the vaccine generally increases the risk of clotting in the blood.
Cooke said that during the investigations, they found a small number of rare and unexpected cases of serious clotting, and after days of evaluation, they did not rule out the possibility of a link between these cases and the vaccine, and they wanted these possible risks to be included in the product-related information.
Cooke also announced additional reviews, closely monitoring 7 million people in EU countries vaccinated with the product and 11 million in the UK. EMA experts said there were fewer than 40 suspected cases in total.
“I want to stress that this situation that we have seen is not unexpected. If you vaccinate millions of people, it is inevitable that rare and serious events will occur immediately after vaccination. Our task is to identify them and determine whether they are related to the vaccine or if it occurred by chance after vaccination,” he said.
“I would be vaccinated tomorrow,” said Cooke, who has asked the public not to be skeptical of vaccines.
The administration of Oxford-AstraZeneca, one of the first vaccines developed against Covid-19, was temporarily halted in some countries on suspicion that it could lead to blood clotting, causing conditions such as vascular obstruction and pulmonary embolism.
The World Health Organization said the benefits of the vaccine outstrighed its risks, adding, “It should continue to be used to save lives.”