EU, U.K. officials try to reassure public after vaccine deaths

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are seen at the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Building on January 07, 2021 in London, England. The UK aims to vaccinate all over-70s, front-line health workers, and the most clinically vulnerable by mid February, when its current lockdown rules will be reviewed. That would require around 13 million covid-19 vaccinations. As of Tuesday, the country had vaccinated more than 1.3 million people. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are seen at the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Building on January 07, 2021 in London, England. The UK aims to vaccinate all over-70s, front-line health workers, and the most clinically vulnerable by mid February, when its current lockdown rules will be reviewed. That would require around 13 million covid-19 vaccinations. As of Tuesday, the country had vaccinated more than 1.3 million people. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 07: Vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are seen at the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Building on January 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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Regulatory agencies in the EU and Britain on Thursday confirmed that AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.

This followed reports of rare brain blood clots linked to AstraZeneca’s vaccine, which prompted more than a dozen countries to suspend inoculations. On Thursday, the European Medicines Agency issued its conclusion after an investigation into the claims. The agency noted there were still some uncertainties regarding blood clots.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would get the AstraZeneca shot on Friday.

ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech at the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre on September 13, 2019 in Rotherham, England. The Convention brings together the North's political, business, community and academic leaders, along with young people’s groups, to make a unified case for tangible investment in the Northern Powerhouse.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 13: Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a speech at the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre on September 13, 2019 in Rotherham, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong – WPA Pool /Getty Images)

 

“The Oxford jab is safe and the Pfizer jab is safe,” Johnson stated. “The thing that isn’t safe is catching COVID, which is why it’s so important that we all get our jabs as soon as our turn comes, and as it happens, I’m getting mine tomorrow.”

Germany, Italy, France and Spain, along with a host of other European countries, said they will resume the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine. Others counties, like Sweden, have said they need more time to make a decision on the matter.

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