🔴 The UK's medicines regulator will hold a joint briefing with the Government's vaccines advisory committee to discuss concerns over the AstraZeneca jab and its reported link to blood clots

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What to expect from the press conference:

1⃣ Has it been established whether there is a link between the vaccine and blood clots?

2⃣ Which way is the expert consensus leaning?

3⃣ What rates are clots occurring?


🔴 The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is also holding a briefing on the AstraZeneca vaccine relating to cases of blood clots

The UK has approved three Covid vaccines with two more set to come soon – from effectiveness to ease of use, how do #AstraZeneca, #Pfizer and other Covid vaccines compare?

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🔴 The European Medicines Agency say blood clots should be listed as a "very rare" side effect of the #AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

🚨Under-30s in the UK will be offered an alternative to #AstraZeneca due to the mounting evidence linking it to blood clots

They will be offered Pfizer or Moderna instead


Boris Johnson has been speaking to broadcasters in Cornwall.

The PM says he does not believe that the #AstraZeneca jab will mean the schedule for easing lockdown in England will need to be changed.

Most of the people who experienced blood clots in Germany from the #AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine were women.

Here's everything women need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine 👇

Lets look at the data:

👉 79 people have presented with a blood clot, and 19 people have died

👉 Of these, 51 people were women and 28 were men, she says.

The risk is therefore about 4 in one million


People who have the following symptoms four days or more after taking the #AstraZeneca jab should speak to a doctor:

- Severe headache
- Blurred vision
- Chest pain
- Leg swelling
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent abdominal pain
- Unusual bruising

Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed gives the following advice:

🤰 Pregnant women and people with a history of blood clots should speak to their doctor to see if the benefits outweigh the risks

❌ People who experienced clots after their first dose should not receive the second jab
Prof Van Tam says this is a "course correction," but changes in vaccines being delivered to large numbers of people are "business as usual"

There may be small delays, or people may have to go further to get their jabs, but the NHS is "all over this"

Professor Van Tam weighs up the risk:

📈 He says that older people are less likely to have blood clots, and there is a greater benefit for them to have the vaccine.

💉 He adds, 'we don't want it to result in a loss of vaccine confidence' urging people to have their second dose
Keep up to date with the #AstraZeneca side effects to look out for 👇

💊 Dr Peter Arlett said that the oral contraceptive provides good risk analysis in the AZ debate

📌 He said, 'If we treat 10,000 women with a hormonal contraceptive for a year, we will see 4 excess blood clots in that year. So that just gives a benchmark of another medicine'
Here is a recap of the MHRA briefing 👇
📌 JCVI recommends those aged 18-29 should be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab.
📌 Those who have had a first dose of the AZ vaccine should get their second dose - unless they suffer a clot.
Here's what the EU regulator said 👇

📌 There have been 169 cases of clots following an AZ jab compared to the 34m doses given across Europe
📌 The benefits of the AZ jab still outweigh the risks of Covid
📌 Side effects are not unexpected during a large-scale vaccine rollout

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