MOSCOW, March 16 – RIA Novosti. The head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, Maxim Stepanov, on the air of the ICTV channel, called AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine “absolutely safe”.
During the discussion, the official answered the question whether the drug could pose a threat to people's lives. He cited as an argument the statement of the European Medicines Agency that the AstraZeneca vaccine does not increase the risk of blood clots at all. “I do not see any, no problems, there is nothing to talk about,” Stepanov said.
The Minister of Health of Ukraine noted that his parents were vaccinated with the drug from AstraZeneca. “I am the person who vaccinated my mom and dad with this vaccine. What other confirmation is required that this vaccine is absolutely safe?” The official asked.
Stepanov expressed the opinion that the countries that have suspended the use of the drug “want to clearly understand if there is a connection between thrombosis and this vaccine.”
A number of EU countries, including Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Denmark, Bulgaria, Norway, Iceland, Slovenia, Cyprus, Italy, France, Germany and Spain, have suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been approved by the European drug regulator EMA for use in the European Union.
AstraZeneca itself claims that its vaccine is safe, and the number of blood clots among the 17 million people who received the drug is lower than would be expected in the general population.