European medicines agency says Astrazeneca vaccine is safe



The European Medicines Agency on Tuesday said the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe to use.

Its Executive Director, Emer Cooke, spoke after a meeting where it reviewed reports that out of 17 million people so far vaccinated, 37 had developed blood clots.

It urged governments to continue giving the vaccine to their populations and noted that it would continue to review reports of any adverse effects,

The agency urged any person reporting adverse effects to contact the health agency in his or her country.

Cooke said that in all clinical trials so far conducted on the vaccine, there had not been any reports of adverse side effects.

Germany, France, Italy and Spain have suspended the use of the vaccine as a precaution.

Nigeria has, however, said it is proceeding with the vaccination as health officials gave the assurance that there was no problem with the vaccine.