United Kingdom records seven fatalities after AstraZeneca jab

The Netherlands suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine for under-60s

The British health regulator on Saturday said seven people died from rare blood clots after having the AstraZeneca vaccine, but added that the benefits of the jab outweigh the risks.

The European Medicines Agency is expected to update its recommendation on this issue on April 7.

News of the deaths came as several European countries as well as Canada suspended the use of the vaccine for certain age groups over thrombosis fears.

Michael Kidd, said, however, that the blood clotting case is "likely" related to the vaccine.

The risk associated with this type of blood clot is "very small", it added.

Scientists said Friday that the overall risk of the particular clotting events that have drawn concern was extremely low: roughly one case in 600,000 recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Britain. A number of European countries have suspended the use of the jab following the detection of blood clots in the brains of vaccinated people.

"Receiving the vaccine is by far the safest choice in terms of minimizing individual risk of serious illness or death", he said.

In a statement, the government said there had been five reports of thrombosis and abnormally low platelets, which help blood clot, in women aged 25 to 65 (around 400,000 AstraZeneca injections have been given in the Netherlands, according to the same government statement).

Professor Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol, said: "The report states that these cases are being very carefully investigated to better understand whether or not they may have any causal relationship with vaccination".

"That's still up in the air", said Fauci when asked whether the US will use the AstraZeneca vaccine doses. Germany took a similar decision earlier in the week.

She says: "If we look at all the possible side effects that have been reported they include excess wind, alcohol poisoning, getting pregnant - there are so many things people report because they happen shortly after they have the vaccine - that does not mean that they wouldn't have happened anyway".

On March 18, the United Kingdom medicines regulator said that there had been five cases of a rare brain blood clot among 11 million administered shots.

On Thursday, Germany's immunisation commission, the STIKO, recommended that anyone younger than 60 who received an initial vaccination with AstraZeneca be given either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots as their second vaccine doses.

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