AstraZeneca COVID vaccine is safe -EU watchdog

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

This comes after reports of rare brain blood clots linked to AstraZeneca’s vaccine prompted more than a dozen countries to suspend inoculations.

Now - many are reversing that decision.

The European Medicines Agency issued its conclusion, Thursday, after an investigation into the claims.

Sabine Straus leads the agency’s Risk Assessment Committee, known as PRAC.

CHAIRWOMAN OF THE EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY'S PHARMACOVIGILANCE RISK ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE (PRAC), SABINE STRAUS: "This vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 and its benefits continue to be far greater than its risks. PRAC has found no evidence of a quality or a batch issue.”

The agency noted there were still some uncertainties regarding blood clots.

But - after reviewing 20 million people who were given the shot - it said the AstraZeneca vaccine does not increase the overall risk of clots.

"Moreover, because the vaccine is effective in preventing COVID-19 disease, which in itself is a cause of blood clots, it likely reduces the risk of thrombotic events over all.”

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

"The Oxford jab is safe and the Pfizer jab is safe. 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.