European Officials Say AstraZeneca Vaccine Side Effects Should Include Unusual Blood Clotting

A regulatory body of the European Union, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), said that the vaccine producer AstraZeneca should make mention of rare blood clots as a possible side effect. Emer Cooke, the executive director of the EMA, said in a media briefing on Wednesday that after an in-depth examination of the vaccine, they arrived at the conclusion “that the reported cases of unusual blood clotting following vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine should be listed as possible side effects of the vaccine.” The EMA and UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) also said that despite the potential side effects, the benefits are greater than the risks. “The reported combination of blood clots and low blood platelets is very rare, and the overall benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 outweigh the risks of side effects,” the EMA said in a statement. “COVID-19 is a very serious disease with high …
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