EU Spokesperson On AstraZeneca And Vaccine Trust
The European Commission on Thursday said it expects AstraZeneca to fulfil its COVID-19 vaccine contract obligations, despite the hesitancy of some EU member states to use the vaccine.
Spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker said Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides asked member states to work with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to "develop a coherent approach across the EU based on further guidance and analysis of the studies on the age group".
De Keersmaecker added: "So as far as we are concerned, the contract with AstraZeneca is ongoing."
The EMA said Wednesday that its assessment of the AstraZeneca vaccine showed possible links between the vaccine and rare blood clots.
The EMA, the World Health Organization (WHO) and numerous other health authorities have said repeatedly that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective and that the protection it offers against COVID-19 outweighs the small risks of rare blood clots.
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