GENEVA, April 7 – RIA Novosti. A link between the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine and the formation of blood clots is likely, but has not yet been confirmed, according to a preliminary statement from the COVID-19 subcommittee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety.
“Based on current information, a causal relationship between the vaccine and the occurrence of blood clots with a low platelet count is considered likely but not confirmed. Specialized studies are needed to fully understand the potential link between vaccinations and possible risk factors,” the statement said.
As noted, while these cases are of concern, they are very rare. “Among the nearly 200 million people worldwide who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19, the number is very small,” the WHO experts said in a statement.
Earlier on Wednesday, the European Medicines Regulator – European Medicines Agency EMA said it admits that AstraZeneca vaccine could be linked to blood clots, such cases are rare, but should be included in the list of rare side effects of the drug.