Five people in the UK have been diagnosed with blood clots after having the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine but there is still no proof of a link between them.
The MHRA drug regulator today revealed that a handful of the same blood clots causing chaos in Europe have been seen in the UK and one man has died.
But they said there still isn’t any proof of a link between the two and the risk of dying of Covid is at least 1,000 times higher for most people, meaning getting the vaccine is still the safest option by far.
Health chiefs said the clots might have even been caused by Covid-19 itself but they didn’t know.
Some of the clots were so rare, the MHRA said, that experts aren’t even sure how common they are in the general population – but none are happening unusually often.
The European Medicines Agency is set to announce the outcome of its investigation into a possible link between the jab and clots today after more than a dozen countries panicked and stopped using the vaccine.
Scientists and regulators around the world – including the World Health Organization – have blasted the ‘disorder’ Europe has kicked up around the cases and repeated that the blood clots are likely just coincidence.
With tens of millions of people getting vaccinated around the world, health problems were always certain to pop up and they are unlikely to be caused by jabs.
The five people who developed clots were men aged 19 to 59 who experienced a clot together with low blood platelet count. One of the five has since died.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it was looking at the reports but stressed the events were ‘extremely rare’ and there was a possibility they could have been caused by Covid itself.
It said the cases represented a less than one in a million chance of suffering this type of clot among those who have been vaccinated, while the risk of dying from Covid aged 40 to 49 was one in 1,000.
The MHRA has concluded that any link between the jab and clots is unproven and the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risks.
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