WHO declares AstraZeneca safe

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Indian vaccine AstraZeneca safe following a public out-cry that it was causing blood coagulation disorders in persons who had received it.

Staff Reporter

In a statement WHO acknowledged that some countries have suspended the use of the vaccine. However, they still consider it safe as its benefits outweighs its risks.

Some countries in the European Union (EU) have temporarily suspended use of the AstraZeneca COVIS-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure based on reports of rare blood coagulation disorders in persons who had received the vaccine. Other countries in the EU having considered the same information have decided to continue using the vaccine in their immunization programmes.

“WHO is in regular contact with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and regulators around the world for the latest information on COVID-19 vaccine safety. The WHO COVID-19 Subcommittee of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety is carefully assessing the latest available safety data for the AstraZeneca vaccine. Once that review is completed, WHO will immediately communicate the finding to the public. At this time, WHO considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations continue,” reads the statement.

WHO also advises the general public that vaccination against COVID-19 will not reduce illness or death from other causes.

AstraZeneca vaccine is a COVID-19 was made in India. The countries that suspended the use of the vaccine pending EMA assessment of the shot include Sweden, Latvia, France and Spain among others. India is also one of the countries which donated COVID-19 vaccines to Zimbabwe.

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