Thursday, 15 Apr 2021

EMA in subtle swipe at Germany & France over-reaction on AstraZeneca ‘Is not unexpected’

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Executive Director Emer Cooke for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) argued that there was not yet evidence to suggest that blood clotting was a regular side effect of having the AstraZeneca vaccine. This comes after a heavily criticised move by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to suspend the vaccine in their countries. During a press briefing, Ms Cooke insisted that the EMA would be launching its own investigation into this issue regardless. 

She said: “We are doing this review in light of concerns from citizens in the EU and the current situation.

“Which means that our priority, the safety of the vaccine, can be communicated.

“I have to explain that a situation like this is not unexpected.

“When you vaccinate millions of people it’s inevitable you have rare or serious incidences of illnesses that occur after vaccination.

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“Our role is to evaluate these so we can figure out is this a real side effect or is it a coincidence.”

“Our experts are working tirelessly to carry out this assessment as quickly as possible, but it needs a scientific evaluation, we need to have the facts first.

“We cannot come to a conclusion until we have done a thorough scientific analysis and we owe it to the European citizens to deliver this clear and science-based response.”

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