‘Safe’ verdict for AstraZeneca pushes EU countries to resume vaccinations

Following the European medical regulator, which gave the verdict the AstraZeneca jab is “safe and effective” and not associated with a higher blood clot risk, leading EU countries said Thursday they would resume vaccinations after days of commotion around the shot. 

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announcement came after the WHO and Britain’s health watchdog both said the vaccine was safe, adding that it was far riskier to not get the shot as several countries face a worrying rise in coronavirus cases. 

After the EMA’s announcement a raft of European countries said they would soon resume vaccinations, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

On Thursday, France became the latest nation to toughen Covid restrictions, announcing a month-long limited lockdown for Paris and several other regions to try and stave off a third wave of infections that have overwhelmed hospitals. 

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Emer Cooke, the EMA’s chief said Thursday that after an investigation into the AstraZeneca jab, its “committee has come to a clear scientific conclusion: this is a safe and effective vaccine”.

Recall that the temporal suspension of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by some countries in the European Union (EU) was described as a precautionary measure by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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