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AstraZeneca Covid vaccine: Is the vaccine causing the clots?

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Thirty cases of rare blood clotting were recorded in the UK out of 18.1 million doses given, as of April 2, of the Oxford vaccine.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) revealed that seven people have died in the UK from this rare blood clotting after getting the dose of AstraZeneca Vaccine.

As of April 2, 18.1 million people have received the AstraZeneca coronavirus shots, and only 30 rare cases of Blod Clotting also known as “cerebral venous sinus thrombosis” or CVST – a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in the brain’s venous, have been reported.

CVST or Blood Clotting symptoms?

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, CVST occurs when a blood clot forms in the brain’s venous sinuses, which prevents blood from draining out of the brain.

This causes blood cells to break which can leak blood into brain tissues and cause a haemorrhage.

Johns Hopkins calls this a “chain of events” which is part of a stroke.

This is a very rare form of stroke, usually affecting about five in one million people per year.

Its symptoms include Headache, Blurred vision, Fainting or loss of consciousness, loss of control over movement in part of the body, Seizures, and Coma.

Does the vaccine cause blood clots?

The EMA and the MHRA have said there is not an “overall increased risk” in blood clotting conditions.

AZ has also said its review of data has shown no evidence of blood clotting in those given the vaccine.

Ann Taylor, chief medical officer at the firm, said the number of cases of blood clots reported – fewer than 40 in 17 million people in Europe – is lower than the hundreds of cases that would be expected among the general population.

But as for a rare type of blood clotting of the brain, it can’t be said for certain whether these were or were not caused by the AZ vaccine.

But there is no evidence so far to suggest that is the case.

Speaking to journalists on March 18, Dr Phil Bryan, MHRA vaccine safety lead, said: “What we don’t know is whether these cases have been caused by the vaccine.

“We are working closely with experts to try and gather more information to determine this, because these illnesses do very rarely happen naturally.”

EMA executive director Emer Cooke was asked if a link between the rare cases of blood clots and the vaccine is likely on March 31 and said: “At the moment at this stage of our investigations the link is possible and we cannot say any more than that at this point.”

While a definitive link cannot be ruled out, senior regulators have said the benefits of having the vaccine far outweigh any potential risks and have declared it “safe and effective”.

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