Seven die in UK after AstraZeneca jab

Seven die in UK after AstraZeneca jab

Britain’s medicines regulator said it has identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine

The UK medical regulator said on Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died.

Britain’s medicines regulator said it has identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events associated with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine but stressed the benefits "continue to outweigh any risks.”

"Out of the 30 reports up to and including 24 March, sadly 7 have died," the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said in a statement sent to AFP.

The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency said the risk associated with this type of blood clot is "very small” and that the public should continue to take up the vaccine when offered it.

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The agency said late Friday the cases relate to the period up to March 24, during which 18.1 million doses of the vaccine had been administered and that it hadn't received any similar reports with regard to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Concerns over the AstraZeneca vaccine prompted some countries including Canada, France, Germany and the Netherlands to restrict its use to older people.

The World Health Organization has urged countries to continue using the jab.

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