U.K. – 7 Deaths due to blood clots post AstraZeneca shot
The U.K. medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died. The British acknowledgement of deaths comes as several European countries have paused the use of the AstraZeneca jab over a potential link to blood clots.
The U.K. regulator said that the 30 reports of thrombosis, submitted by medics or members of the public via a government website, came after 18.1 million doses of the vaccine had been administered in the country.
Dr June Raine, the chief executive of the MHRA, said: “The benefits in preventing Covid-19 infection and its complications continue to outweigh any risks and the public should continue to get their vaccine when invited to do so.”
However, concern has led to other countries including Germany, France, the Netherlands and Canada to restrict the vaccine’s use only to older people.