LONDON – The EMA has concluded that the rare cases of serious blood clots with low platelet counts seen after administration of Astrazeneca plc’s COVID-19 vaccine are caused by the vaccine, but said the benefits of its use continue to outweigh the risks. The possibility of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and splanchnic vein thrombosis in the abdomen will now be listed as rare side effects and the EMA’s guidance to health care professionals will be updated.
LONDON – The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stood by its view that the benefits of Astrazeneca plc’s COVID-19 vaccine “continue to outweigh the risks,” as it published the latest summary of reported adverse events.
“Our position has not changed,” said Emer Cooke, executive director of the EMA, giving an update on the agency’s investigation into cases of the rare clotting disorder cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) in people vaccinated with Astrazeneca plc’s COVID-19 vaccine. “There is no evidence to support restricting use of the vaccine in any population,” she said.