A UK trial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in children has been suspended while regulators assess its possible link to blood clots, the University of Oxford, which helped develop the vaccine, said on Tuesday.
“Although there are no safety concerns in the pediatric clinical trial, we are awaiting further information from the MHRA (UK regulator) on their review of the rare cases of thrombosis / thrombocytopenia that have been reported in adults, before proceeding with any further vaccinations as part of the trial, “the university said in a statement.
“Parents and children should continue to attend all scheduled tours and can contact trial sites if they have any questions.”
The UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is one of many organizations around the world analyzing real-world data from the AstraZeneca deployment to see if there is a definitive link between the jab and a rare form of blood clot, after cases were initially reported. in Norway and continental Europe.
WHO and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will release their findings later this week.
It’s the latest drama to hit AstraZeneca, which has been embroiled in controversy over its inability to deliver promised doses to the European Union and over the jab’s efficacy and safety profile.
The MHRA reported over the weekend that there had been 30 cases of blood clotting, seven fatalities, out of the 18 million doses administered in Britain.
The European Medicines Agency said on Tuesday it “has not yet come to a conclusion and the review is currently underway.”
EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides later said the agency was due to make its decision “Wednesday evening”, adding that she was in “close contact” with the EMA.
The statement came after EMA’s vaccine strategy manager Marco Cavaleri was quoted in Italian media as saying there was a “clear” link and the agency would announce it within hours .
“In my opinion, we can say it now, it is clear that there is a link with the vaccine,” Cavaleri told Italian newspaper Il Messaggero in an interview. “But we still don’t know what is causing this reaction.”
(This story was not edited by The Bharat Express News on Social Platforms.)