COMBATTING COVID: WHO urges countries to continue using AstraZeneca vaccine; says no evidence of links between vaccine and blood clots

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries not to pause Covid vaccinations, as several major EU member states halted their rollouts of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.

It said there was no evidence of a link between the vaccine and blood clots, according to the BBC.

Germany, France, Italy and Spain joined smaller nations in halting vaccinations as a precaution while checks are made.

The WHO’s vaccine safety experts are meeting on Tuesday to discuss the jab.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will meet on the same day and is due to draw conclusions on Thursday. It has also said the vaccine should continue to be used.

There have been a number of cases in Europe of blood clots developing after the vaccine was administered.

However, experts say these were no more than the number of blood-clot incidents typically reported within the general population.

About 17 million people in the EU and the UK have received a dose of the vaccine, with fewer than 40 cases of blood clots reported as of last week, AstraZeneca said.

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  1. Caribbean freedom Alliance
    April 1, 2021

    Agenda 21 and 2030 sustainable development. Combating climate change where humans are the biggest impact. Do your homework and resist, don’t be fooled.

  2. Natural Dominican
    March 17, 2021

    Strange. Does WHO stand to gain from the distribution of this vaccine? Why are they not taking necessary precautions. Several EU countries have suspended use of this vaccine and the FDA has yet to approve it for use in the USA. Are we the Caribbean people the lab rats for this vaccine?

    • Annon
      March 22, 2021

      WHO is connected to the UN. And yes they have a vested interest in the pharmaceutical industry.

  3. UKDominican
    March 17, 2021

    I do understand the reluctance and fear of the doubters. That is only natural but as they say in England, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. I and many others in the U.K. have been vaccinated, over 20 million now, and infection rates and deaths have been dramatically reduced. There is no evidence that the Astra Zeneca vaccine is directly linked to blood clots and Italy and France have reversed their decision not to use it. Again, I rely on doctors and scientists rather than conspiracy theorists.

  4. hmm
    March 16, 2021

    Remember when the WHO said there was no evidence of human to human transmission of the coronavirus? At what point do we start making these institutions and experts take account for the misinformation that they have spread?

    • Calibishie Warrior
      March 16, 2021

      Still drinking that Trump koolaid? … You can’t see Americans themselves have rejected that comprehensively?

      • March 16, 2021

        It was WHO misinformation from the start that helped move this pandemic. WHO has been a complete failure.

  5. UKDominican
    March 16, 2021

    Grist to the mill of anti Vader’s and conspiracy theorists no doubt. All I can say is that I had my Astra Zeneca jab 8 weeks ago with no ill effects. I have had a Covid test since, which was negative and am now waiting for my second follow-up injection shortly. All my friends and neighbours, who had the vaccine about the same time as me are still alive. The WHO has approved of the vaccine and I have not heard any of any ill effects in Dominica either. I am not a doctor but I trust them and the scientists more than sooth sayers. It has not escaped me that it would also be a useful excuse for other European countries that made a mess
    of ordering enough vaccine on time, unlike the U.K.

    • Parallels
      March 16, 2021

      Isn’t that what WHO is saying tho? 40 out of 17 million, so most inclusive of you will be ok. If I were you I would wait and let the issue develop.

      • Agree
        March 17, 2021

        I agree with you. Not everybody reacts to the same thing in the same manner. I find UKDominican’s comments distasteful.

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