EU, U.K. officials try to reassure public after vaccine deaths
UPDATED 4:30 PM PT – Friday, March 19, 2021
Regulatory agencies in the EU and Britain on Thursday confirmed that AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
This followed reports of rare brain blood clots linked to AstraZeneca’s vaccine, which prompted more than a dozen countries to suspend inoculations. On Thursday, the European Medicines Agency issued its conclusion after an investigation into the claims. The agency noted there were still some uncertainties regarding blood clots.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would get the AstraZeneca shot on Friday.
“The Oxford jab is safe and the Pfizer jab is safe,” Johnson stated. “The thing that isn’t safe is catching COVID, which is why it’s so important that we all get our jabs as soon as our turn comes, and as it happens, I’m getting mine tomorrow.”
Germany, Italy, France and Spain, along with a host of other European countries, said they will resume the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine. Others counties, like Sweden, have said they need more time to make a decision on the matter.