AstraZeneca vaccine benefits “increase with age”

AstraZeneca vaccine benefits “increase with age”

AstraZeneca vaccine benefits “increase with age”

The EU’s drug watchdog said Friday that a review of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine found its benefits increase with age and still outweigh the risks for adults despite links to blood clots.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) was presenting its findings after the European Commission asked it to look into concerns that prompted several countries to restrict its use to older people.

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“It showed that the benefits of vaccination increase with increasing age and infection rates,” the Amsterdam-based EMA said in statement.

“The benefits of Vaxzevria outweigh its risks in adults of all age groups; however, very rare cases of blood clots with low blood platelets have occurred following vaccination,” it added, using the vaccine’s brand name. The rare clots happened in around one in 100,000 people who received the vaccine, it said.