WHO reaffirms recommendation for Astrazeneca’s Corona vaccine

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Following the lead of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the World Health Organization (WHO) has also reiterated its recommendation for Astrazeneca’s Corona vaccine. The benefits of the drug outweigh the risks, the WHO advisory panel on vaccine safety said Friday. It said the vaccine has “enormous potential to prevent infections and reduce deaths worldwide.”

Available data do not indicate an increased risk of “deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism” as a result of vaccination with the Astrazeneca vaccine, WHO experts said. They also said they found no evidence that rare and dangerous clots in the brain that had occurred after Astrazeneca vaccinations were caused by the injection. The WHO advisory panel recommended alerting medical staff to signs of serious side effects in vaccinated people.

Earlier on Thursday, the EMA had given the green light for continued use of the Astrazeneca vaccine. Germany and other European countries then resumed vaccinations with the vaccine from the British-Swedish manufacturer. Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, on the other hand, are more cautious and do not want to use Astrazeneca again for the time being.

— source: APA/AFP/picture: swr.de

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