COVID-19: UK ‘100% confident’ in Oxford-AstraZeneca after Germany suspension of use in under-60s | Political news

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The UK is “100% confident in the effectiveness” of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, after Germany suspended its use in those under 60 over concerns over rare blood clots.

“It’s a safe vaccine and the rollout of the vaccine in the UK is saving the lives of people across the country every day,” Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News.

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He said that COVID-19[feminine[feminine The effectiveness of jab has been “confirmed by study after study”.

The European medicines regulator and the World Health Organization have also insisted that the vaccine is safe and effective.

Mr Jenrick said: ‘Recent research, for example by Public Health England, has shown that thousands of lives have been saved since the start of this year just because of our vaccination program.

“People should continue to go ahead and get vaccinated. I will certainly do so when the time comes. ”

Germany decided give the vaccine only to people aged 60 or over – unless they are at high risk of COVID-19 or are health workers, following a recommendation from the vaccine panel from the country.

Its medical regulator has released new data showing 31 unusual blood clots, linked to nine deaths, have been reported in the country as of Monday.

Tens of millions of doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine have been safely distributed worldwide and Germany administered 2.7 million doses, pointing out that such incidents remain very rare.

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It has joined with Canada, Sweden, France and Finland in suspending the vaccine for its younger population until more data is collected.

The suspensions go against the findings of the EU medicines regulator, which concluded that the vaccine was ‘safe and effective’ after investigating incidents of blood clotting.

The European Medicines Agency said the benefits outweighed the minimal risk – given the prevalence and dangers of COVID-19 – and ruled that the vaccine did not increase the total number of blood clots in the body. population.

However, this does not rule out a link between the shot and some unusual types of clots.

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Scientists have also pointed out that COVID-19 itself can cause blood to clot, as well as factors such as pregnancy and the birth control pill.

AstraZeneca said tens of millions of people have received its vaccine and large clinical trials have shown no increase in blood clotting events.

He added that he would continue to work with German authorities and analyze his own records to understand whether clots were occurring more frequently than “one would naturally expect in a population of millions.”

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