Covid: Trust regulator on AstraZeneca vaccine safety, Boris Johnson says

Covid: Trust regulator on AstraZeneca vaccine safety, Boris Johnson says

"But we still do not know what causes this reaction".

"In the next few hours, we will say that there is a connection, but we still have to understand how this happens". About 2.5 million doses have been locally produced so far with thousands of doses already cleared testing and distributed to the vaccination sites.

More than 31.6 million people in the United Kingdom have had a first vaccine dose.

"In my opinion, we can say it now, it is clear there is a link with the vaccine", said the EMA's head of vaccines Marco Cavaleri in an interview with Italy's Il Messaggero newspaper.

AstraZeneca's vaccine, developed with the University of Oxford, is under mounting scrutiny and has faced dwindling support in Europe.

"We are trying to get the precise picture of what is happening, to define in detail this syndrome due to the vaccine".

The news comes ahead of an updated safety review from EMA-expected Wednesday or Thursday-and after the agency's March 18 decision to continue the shot rollout despite the small number of patients reporting serious, unexpected blood clots.

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If a restriction is confirmed, the rollout of the vaccination programme could be slowed significantly, with AstraZeneca jabs more than a fifth of the UK's vaccine haul.

Experts from the European Medicines Agency are meeting today to finalise their evaluation of rare cases of blood clotting and its possible relationship with AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, whose use is suspended in some European countries for people under 60 years of age.

Mr Zahawi re-confirmed the Government's target after reports that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is considering proposals to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca jab in younger people.

In total, the United Kingdom has ordered 457 million doses, of which 100 million are from AstraZeneca.

"Our thorough and detailed review is ongoing into reports of very rare and specific types of blood clots with low platelets following the Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca".

Of the 18.1 million people who have had the Oxford vaccine in the United Kingdom, 30 people have developed blood clots.

Authorities had pledged to administer at least 4 million first doses of the vaccine by end-March, but could only vaccinate 670,000 after the European Union blocked AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Australia in the wake of the drugmaker's failure to meet its shipment pledge to the bloc.

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