AstraZeneca vaccine ‘safe and effective’ says EMA
The country has had a difficult relationship with the vaccine developed in the UK, with French authorities repeatedly changing its advice on the effectiveness of the injection. The French medical regulator said today that the jab should only be used in the elderly due to concerns about blood clots in some inculcated people.
England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, yesterday warned that there was evidence Britons were refusing the Covid shots following reports from Europe.
In early February, the country’s president wrongly claimed that the Covid antidote was “almost ineffective” in the elderly and banned its use in people over 65.
France only removed this restriction at the beginning of the month.
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France said AstraZeneca jab should only be used by people over 55
The EU’s watchdog, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), said yesterday the vaccine was safe and should continue to be used.
Emer Cooke, Executive Director of EMA, said: “The committee came to a clear scientific conclusion.
“This is a safe and effective vaccine. Its benefits for protecting people from Covid-19, along with the associated risks of death and hospitalization, outweigh any possible risks.
“The committee also concluded that the vaccine is not associated with an increased overall risk of thromboembolic events or blood clots. ”
The French medical regulator approved resuming use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine this morning, but said the vaccine should only be given to people aged 55 and over after signs of blood clotting. mainly affected young people.
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The EMA said the vaccine was safe yesterday
“However, the EMA has identified a possible increased risk of thrombosis in people under the age of 55. HAS recommends that the AstraZeneca vaccine be used at this stage only for people aged 55 and over, who represent the majority of priority people. ”
Some have suggested that the decision to suspend AstraZeneca use this week was to punish Britain for Brexit, even the chief executive of Italy’s Medicines Authority admitting that his country’s decision, Germany, France, and others was “political”.
While the AstraZeneca vaccine was banned in France this week, the country’s ambassador to the United Kingdom on Tuesday received a dose of the injection developed by Oxford in London.
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Chris Whitty said there was evidence of people refusing beatings due to incidents on the mainland
” It is done. Safe, ”she wrote on Twitter, sharing a picture of her vaccination record.
Yesterday, the chairman of the health select committee, Jeremy Hunt, said it was “incredibly dangerous” for EU countries to “speak out against the safety of vaccines, even when vaccines are the only way the world is going to release our Covid straitjacket ”.
The Prime Minister held a televised coronavirus briefing last night in an attempt to allay concerns about the safety of the coup.
He said: “The Oxford jab is safe and the Pfizer jab is safe – the thing that is not sure is catching Covid – which is why it is so important that we get all of our jabs as soon as our turn arrives. ”
During the press conference, Professor Whitty admitted to hearing “anecdotal reports, which will certainly be correct, that in some places a few people did not come” following the suspension of the coup in EU countries.
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“If you look at the numbers coming up for immunization – well over 90 percent of the age groups who have had the immunizations have chosen to do so,” he said.
“The general public is, as always, sensible and consistent about this.
“They understand that it is a dangerous disease. ”
Mr Johnson is receiving his own vaccine today and has already announced that he will receive a dose of AstraZeneca.