No deaths from COVID-19 vaccines reported
The WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety is systematically reviewing all vaccine safety signals and concerns related to the safety of COVID-19 vaccines
- As of March 9, over 268 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered worldwide since the pandemic began
- No deaths from COVID-19 vaccines have been recorded to date
- Vaccination against COVID-19 does not reduce deaths from other reasons
The World Health Organization (WHO) commented today that Denmark, Iceland, Italy and Norway have stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of thrombosis in the vaccinated.
According to the World Health Agency, over 268 million people worldwide have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and no deaths have been confirmed from the vaccines as of March 9.
“The WHO is aware that some countries in the European Union have been suspending the use of a certain lot of AstraZeneca vaccines sold in the EU based on reports of rare bleeding disorders in people who have received vaccines from that particular lot. This was decided as a precautionary measure while a full investigation is being completed, ”said WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic.
“It is important to note that the position of the European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee is that the benefits of the vaccine continue to outweigh the risks and that the vaccine can continue to be administered while the investigation of thromboembolic events continues,” said the spokesman.
“The WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) systematically reviews all vaccination safety signals and concerns related to the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and meets every two weeks to inform WHO about new safety signals or concerns related to COVID-19 -Vaccines to advise. ” he added.
“The GACVS is carefully reviewing the latest reports on the Astra Zeneca vaccine. Once WHO has a full understanding of these events, the results and any changes to the current recommendations will be communicated to the public immediately. Vaccination against COVID-19 does not reduce deaths from other reasons. Deaths from other causes will continue to occur, even after vaccination, but with no causal link, ”said Jasarevic.
It was reported on Thursday that Denmark and a number of other countries had stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of thrombosis in those vaccinated. Previously, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had recommended that the vaccine should continue to be used, but it was found that vaccination had not shown these symptoms to be caused. According to the EMA, as of March 10, there were 30 cases of thromboembolic complications in approximately 5 million people who were given the AstraZeneca vaccine. The agency stressed that this means that the number of side effects reported among those vaccinated does not exceed the number of such cases in the general population.