WHO shuts down EU over AstraZeneca vaccine scaremongering – use must continue

EU comments on AstraZeneca ‘ill advised’ says Stephen Hammond

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WHO Europe director Hans Kluge insisted the benefits of the Oxford jab outweighs the risk of side-effects. As many as 17 EU countries have halted their rollout of the immunisation over concerns that it has caused blood clots in people who have received it. Dr Kluge said: “Benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risks and its use should continue to save lives.”

The WHO chief added: “As of now, we do not know whether some or all of the conditions have been caused by the vaccine or by other coincidental factors.”

His remarks echo that of the EU’s medical regulator the EMA, which has also backed the use of AstraZeneca jabs to save lives and stall the spread of coronavirus.

Despite the guidance, a majority of EU countries have maintained their ban on the use of the Oxford-produced shot.

The EMA is today due to publish new advice urging European capitals to U-turn on the suspension.

Emer Cooke, director of the EMA, this week said: “I am convinced that the benefits of this particular vaccine outweigh the risks.”

Germany has led the mass revolt against the AstraZeneca vaccine, with support from the likes of France, Italy, Spain and Ireland.

All eyes will be on Berlin to climbdown if the EMA concluded the jab is safe.

Many smaller member states felt pressurised by Berlin and eventually followed suit with their own suspensions.

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