Daily US Times: Seven people in the United Kingdom have died from unusual blood clot after getting the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, the medicines regulator has confirmed to the BBC.
In total, 30 people out of 18 million people got the vaccine by 24 March had these blood clot.
It is still unclear if they are a genuine side effect of the vaccine or just a coincidence.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency says the benefits of the vaccine continue to outweigh any risk.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have echoed this conclusion.
“Patient safety remains the company’s highest priority,” A spokeswoman for AstraZeneca said.
However, concern has led to other countries including France, the Netherlands, Canada and Germany to restrict the vaccine’s use only to older people.
The data released by the MHRA on Friday showed 22 cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) which is a type of blood clot in the brain.
The cases were accompanied by low levels of platelets, which help form blood clots, in the body. The MHRA also found other blood clotting problems alongside low platelet levels in eight people.
Now the MHRA has confirmed that “sadly seven have died”, BBC has reported.
The chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Dr June Raine, said: “The benefits… in preventing Covid-19 infection and its complications continue to outweigh any risks and the public should continue to get their vaccine when invited to do so.”
Investigations are under way to determine if AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine is causing the very rare blood clots. Earlier this week the European Medicines Agency said it was “not proven, but is possible”.
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