EU countries to resume AstraZeneca jabs after ‘safe’ verdict

A vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine destined for school staff during the Covid-19 vaccination campaign at San Giovanni Bosco Hospital in Turin, Italy. – EPA pic, March 19, 2021.

LEADING EU countries said yesterday they would resume AstraZeneca vaccinations after the European medical regulator said the jab is “safe and effective” and not associated with a higher blood clot risk after days of commotion around the shot.

The closely watched announcement from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) came after the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UK’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 Covid-19 cases.

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