No indication AZ vaccine caused clots, says EU medicines agency

There is “no indication” that AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine is the cause of blood clots that have been reported in some recipients, the head of the European Medicines Agency said.

The reported clots have caused several large European countries to suspend use of the vaccine.

Emer Cooke, executive director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), said there was no evidence that Oxford / AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine was the cause of reported blood clots.

Speaking to a virtual press conference, she said, “I would also like to stress that there is currently no evidence that vaccination caused these conditions.

“They did not appear in the clinical trials and are not listed as known side events with this vaccine.

“In clinical trials, people who were vaccinated and those who received the placebo have shown very low numbers of blood clots to develop.

“The total number of thromboembolic events in vaccinated people does not appear to be higher than in the general population.”

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