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European Medicines Agency: Risks of AstraZeneca vaccine ‘very rare’

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In a new statement, Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency said that there is no specific risk of stroke resulting from receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine against the Coronavirus.

The new statements to exacerbate the controversy over the vaccine came hours after a different statement.

On Tuesday, an official at the European Medicines Regulatory Agency confirmed a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and the blood clots observed after it was taken.

“We can now say that it is clear that there is a link with the vaccine. But we do not know yet what causes this reaction,” said Marco Cavalieri, head of the vaccine strategy at the European Medicines Agency, in an interview with the Italian newspaper “El Massager.” What was quoted by “AFP.”

On Saturday, the British Medicines Agency announced that 7 people who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine had died of blood clots out of 30 cases recorded so far.

As of March 24, the agency had received reports of 22 cases of cerebral venous thrombosis and eight other cases of thrombosis associated with low platelet count, out of a total of 18.1 million doses administered.

“Our in-depth examination of these reports is continuing,” Agence France-Presse quoted agency director John Ryan as saying.

It is noteworthy that several countries, most of which are members of the European Union, have suspended using the AstraZeneca vaccine for a period of time due to reports of blood clots.

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