Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in a statement: “The government’s priority remains to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible.” Mr Draghi’s office said it remained his priority to vaccinate as many Italians as possible as quickly as possible. Italy was among a dozen countries that suspended the use of the vaccine earlier this week after reports of rare blood disorders in a handful of people who had recently received a jab.
The EU’s drug watchdog said on Thursday it is still convinced the benefits of the OxfordAstraZeneca Covid shot outweigh the risk of serious side effects.
The body conducted an investigation into reports of blood disorders and on conclusion said the vaccine is not linked to an “overall risk” of blood clots.
Latvia and Lithuania also said they would start administering the AstraZeneca shot again following the EMA’a announcment that it was “safe and effective”.
Sweden said it will make a decision on the matter next week after it suspended the jab earlier this week.
The EMA said it “cannot rule out definitively” a link between “a small number of cases of rare and unusual but very serious blood clotting disorders” and the vaccine, though investigations were ongoing.
Emer Cooke, EMA executive director, said this situation was not unexpected, adding that “when you vaccinate millions of people” such reports of rare events will occur.
Ms Cooke, who said she would personally take the vaccine, told a press briefing: “The committee has come to a clear scientific conclusion.
“This is a safe and effective vaccine. Its benefits in protecting people from Covid-19, with the associated risks of death and hospitalisation, outweigh the possible risks.
“The committee also concluded that the vaccine is not associated with an increase in the overall risk of thromboembolic events, or blood clots.”
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