AstraZeneca vaccine given green light by European medicines watchdog


In a statement following a meeting of experts and a week of intense speculation over the safety of the vaccine and an unlikely link to rare blood clotting incidents, Emer Cooke, executive director of EMA said: “The committee has come to a clear scientific conclusion.

“This is a safe and effective vaccine, its benefits in protecting people from Covid-19 with the associated risks of death and hospitalisation outweigh the possible risks.

“The committee also concluded that the vaccine is not associated with an increase in the overall risk of thromboembolitic events or blood clots.”

The EMA has said it will make changes to the product information labels to warn about a possible risk but it emphasised it did not believe there was any greater risks from the vaccine and that it was likely to still be less risk than contracting Covid.


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