Covid-19: seven killed in the UK after vaccination with AstraZeneca, but authorities stress that the risks are “very small”

Seven people died in the UK of blood clots after receiving AstraZeneca’s anti-covid-19 vaccine, but British health officials stress that the risks are “very small” and advise the population to get vaccinated.

In a statement sent to France-Presse, the UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says seven people have died of blood clots, in a total of 30 cases identified so far.

On Friday, the MHRA announced it had identified 30 cases of rare blood clots among the 18.1 million people vaccinated with this drug by the end of March.

The health regulator stressed that the risks associated with these clots are “very small” and that the population must continue to accept the vaccine when it is offered to them by health services.

Of the 30 incidents, 22 correspond to cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) and the remaining eight are related to low platelets.

According to the MHRA, seven of these vaccinated people have died and investigations are underway to ascertain the link between the deaths and the AstraZeneca vaccine.

MHRA director June Raine says in the statement that no similar case has been reported for the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.

“The advantages of the AstraZeneca vaccine to prevent infection with covid-19 and its complications continue to be far greater than the risks and the public should continue to receive the vaccine,” said Raine.

In addition to the Astrazeneca vaccine, the United Kingdom is also using the Pfizer preparation. To date, more than 30 million people have received at least the first of two doses of one of these vaccines.

The appearance of cases of blood clots and deaths of people inoculated with this drug has led most European countries, including Portugal, to suspend the administration of this vaccine for a few days, a situation that was overcome after the EMA’s guarantee that it is “safe and effective”. .

Still, some countries, such as Norway, maintain the suspension and others, such as Germany, limit vaccination with this vaccine to those over 60 years of age.

In Portugal, it is estimated that the first vaccination phase will be completed on April 11, when more than one million Portuguese will be vaccinated.

Currently, four vaccines are approved in the EU: Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna, Vaxzevria and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson group, which will be distributed in April).

The covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 2,829,000 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 129.5 million cases of infection, according to the latest report by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 16,868 people died out of 822,862 confirmed cases of infection.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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