EU drug regulator reviewing 5 cases of NEW blood condition in AstraZeneca Covid vaccine recipients amid possible link to jab
9 Apr, 2021 17:25
Vials labelled “AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine” placed on displayed EU flag are seen in this illustration picture taken March 24, 2021. © Reuters / Dado Ruvic
Five cases of a very rare blood disorder in people who have received the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca are being reviewed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the EU’s drug regulator has said.
The cases of “capillary leak syndrome,” which can cause leakage of fluid from blood vessels, tissue swelling and a drop in blood pressure, were reported from across the European Economic Area, the EMA said on Friday.
The regulator said it is “not yet clear” if there is a causal association between AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria jab and the condition, which can cause organ failure if it is not treated.ALSO ON RT.COMJohnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine under investigation in EU over potential link to ‘unusual’ blood clots
The EMA said the five cases, all reported in the European Economic Area, warrant further investigation and potentially an update to the vaccine’s product information, if deemed necessary by its Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC).
The reports of capillary leak syndrome are the latest blow for AstraZeneca’s vaccine after the EMA said this week that “unusual blood clots with low blood platelets” should be listed as very rare side effects of the jab.ALSO ON RT.COMNetherlands, Portugal latest to ditch AstraZeneca Covid vaccine for under-60s after EMA blood-clot review
The results of a PRAC review into blood clots prompted a number of countries to limit the Anglo-Swedish vaccine to older people only, due to most cases of blood clotting occurring in the under-60s.
On Friday, Greece announced it was limiting the vaccine to people aged 30 and older, becoming the latest European state to slap age limits on the jab in recent days after Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands and UK.
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