One of Italy’s best-known virologists called “total hysteria” concerns in European countries about the side effects of the anti-Covid vaccine from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.
In an interview with the Italian website National newspaperAndrea Crisanti, a professor of microbiology at the University of Padua, said that it is easier to suffer a fatal venous thrombosis by flying than by taking the vaccine against the new coronavirus.
“There is total hysteria. We have completely lost the sense of history. Do you have any idea how many fatal cases of deep vein thrombosis happen each year on air travel? Five every 10,000, 500 every 1 million, that is, 500 times. more than the adverse events of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
According to Crisanti, now that data are available, it is possible to say that the AstraZeneca immunizer “is one of the safest that exists”. According to the professor, changes in blood clotting are one of the pathological elements of infection with the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
“When we give the vaccine, we inject compounds that induce the production of components of the virus. We should not be surprised if, from time to time, these viral components cause coagulant effects, the so-called ‘side effects’,” he explained.
At a news conference on Wednesday, the European Union’s drug agency (EMA) said that thrombosis accompanied by low platelet counts are possible “very rare” side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
However, the EMA maintained the assessment that the benefit-risk ratio of the immunizer “remains positive” and did not recommend that the formula be banned for any type of adult audience.
The agency analyzed reports of 62 cases of cerebral thrombosis of the venous cavity and 24 of splanchnic venous thrombosis reported until March 22, with 18 ending in death. In that period, 25 million people had already been vaccinated in Europe.
That is, this means 3.44 thrombosis events for every 1 million immunized individuals. “Riding a plane has a 100 times greater risk than getting the vaccine. I’m not saying it, it’s the statistics,” added Crisanti, now to Sky TG24 news broadcaster.
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