AstraZeneca: Expert slams ‘nonsense’ claims about vaccine
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Natasha Loder told the BBC’s Today Programme that German reports of AstraZeneca being less effective in older people that were picked up by French President Emmanuel Macron have been debunked. The Economist’s Health Policy Editor added that linking the Oxford jab to blood clots is another claim from EU nation’s that will lead to a loss in confidence in the vaccine.
Ms Loder said: “I think what we need to really see is the kind of narrative that is emerging on this vaccine which is very damaging.
“It started with these untrue stories about the fact the vaccine was less effective in older people.
“This started in Germany from a newspaper report that was complete nonsense, it was even picked up by Macron.
“That has obviously been thoroughly debunked, we now have data from hospitals showing it is just as effective in the over-80s as the Pfizer vaccine.
“Now here we are with this story about blood clots.
“We know where this is going, we know where it is going to lead.
“It leads to a loss of confidence in vaccines.”
Various countries have so far fully suspended the AstraZeneca vaccinations, including, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Iceland and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
AstraZeneca: Expert says suspension could 'dent confidence'
Italy and Austria, have suspended the use of certain batches of the Oxford jab.
On Monday, the BBC’s Health correspondent stated vaccination experts are baffled by some European Union nations suspending the AstraZeneca vaccine as there is “no link” between the jab and blood clots.
Nick Triggle told BBC News that that 17 million Europeans have received the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine and there have been less than 40 instances where blood clots have been reported following the jab.
Mr Triggle said: “When we look at the evidence there have been more than 17 million people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine across Europe and there have been fewer than 40 instances of individuals having blood clots after they have had the vaccine.”
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He added: “When you vaccine millions of people it is quite likely that things will happen afterwards that would have happened anyway.
“If we look at the UK there are more than 3000 patients with blood clots each month.
“So in this data, there is no signal there is a high rate after vaccination than there is in the general population which would be a key alarm bell.
“There is no biological mechanism that would mean the vaccine is likely to cause blood clots and so it has surprised vaccination experts that individual countries are taking this step.”
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