AstraZeneca’s ‘betrayal’ in Europe slammed top health psychologist as he sounds the alarm bells | World | News

 AstraZeneca's 'betrayal' in Europe slammed top health psychologist as he sounds the alarm bells |  World |  News

Health psychology professor Robert West said it was a “big mistake” for EU countries to suspend the AstraZeneca vaccine and compare the vaccine’s reluctance to another drug he had. analysis. Professor West explained that health regulators have a duty to be honest with the public who do not understand the science and whose vaccine concerns will resonate around the world. The psychologist warned that many more lives would be lost from the hiatus than the risk of a blood clot would be as he explored the fallout from the hiatus.

Speaking to Euronews, Professor West said: “I think the problem is that certainly among health authorities, not drug regulators, but health authorities, there is a feeling that they are feeling cautious in taking the necessary measures.
“The reality is that they are not careful, what they are doing is making a decision which, unfortunately, will end up costing lives.

“Not just because of the delays in getting this vaccine to people who would otherwise have taken it, which will cost lives.

“But it also raises unnecessary concerns on the part of members of the public who themselves are not in a position to judge.

“Why would they do it? They are not subject matter experts and therefore rely on health authorities and regulators to be honest and open and to make the right decision.
“So I think it was a big mistake to suspend the vaccination program, I think it’s good that they put it back but there was damage.

“And that’s a lot of work to be done to regain confidence as a result.”

Professor West was then asked if the type of drug involved had an effect on the people who took it, for example, if the vaccine was in pill form.

He replied, “No unfortunately I don’t think so because we’ve seen this with other products.

“I was involved with another drug that had raised concerns about it and it was a pill.

“What was actually a very interesting parallel between the two drugs was what raised concerns, the unusual nature of the symptoms they were exhibiting.

“In both cases the symptoms are very rare, but they are sort of very unusual and that, from a psychological point of view, makes you think there must be a connection.

“But when tens of millions of people use a drug, very unusual symptoms appear just by chance.

“So it’s a natural psychological phenomenon, but in this particular case, it’s not helpful.”


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European countries have suspended the deployment of the AstraZeneca vaccine over fears it could cause fatal blood clots among those vaccinated.

Countries acted unilaterally to halt the blow, but the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency both insisted the vaccine was safe to use.

France has relaunched its deployment of the AstraZeneca vaccine but only for those 55 and over.

The neighboring country was also locked out for a month after the French government refused to listen to local leaders to put it in place sooner.

Meanwhile, the UK’s vaccination program is one of the best in the world, as more than 25 million people have received their vaccine.

The UK is expected to lift more restrictions in the coming weeks, but a leaked NHS letter warns vaccine stocks would be cut at the end of the month.


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