Coronavirus digest: AstraZeneca vaccine ‘still safe,’ says WHO


A senior WHO official says the vaccine is still recommended for use, as studies probe a possible link to blood clots. Meanwhile, Brazil has announced the development of its own shot. The AstraZeneca vaccine is still safe and recommended for use, while studies continue to probe a potential link to its “very rare” side effects, including blood clots, said WHO assistant director-general, Mariangela Simao. “The position stands that the benefits outweigh the risks,” Simao told a news conference on Friday. “A potential link to a very rare side-event…which would happen [to] one in a million, is still being investigated by WHO and also by the European Medicines Agency and other regulatory agencies.”

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