On Wednesday the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the likelihood of getting a blood clot after a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is approximately four in a million. Of the 79 cases reported to the MH
A number of announcements have recently been made about use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, also known as Vaxzevria. This is due to a possible link between the first dose of the vaccine and a specific type of extremely rare blood clot, occu
Facebook posts circulating in Papua New Guinea have shared a screenshot of an Australian news report about the temporary suspension of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Europe over blood clot concerns. The posts claim the vaccine is being "questi
The U.K.'s government vaccines advisory board has suggested alternative vaccines are given to younger adults due to a small risk of blood clots.
It said most of the cases reported have occurred in women under 60 within two weeks of vaccination — but based on the currently available evidence, it was not able to identify specific risk factors.
The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency said it wasn’t clear if the shots are causing the clots and that "rigorous review" is ongoing.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her health minister, Jens Spahn, planned to hold a news conference on the outcome of their meeting with the states.
Updated recommendations come amid new data from Europe that suggests the risk of blood clots is now potentially as high as one in 100,000.
Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim AstraZeneca, the name of a British-Swedish drugmaker, means "weapon that kills" in a combination of three languages. The posts circulated online after millions of Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines wer
Even before the latest spat, experts had expressed concern that missteps in the vaccine's rollout could undermine confidence in the shot, which is crucial to global efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic since it is cheap, easy to store and a pillar o
A post on Facebook claims that the name of Covid-19 vaccine developer AstraZeneca translates to ‘weapon that kills’. This is not accurate. On the subject of its name, AstraZeneca has previously explained that it was formed in 1999 aft
Just hours after AstraZeneca reported encouraging results, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases issued an unusual statement.
Facebook posts circulating in March 2021 claim that AstraZeneca is preparing to file a lawsuit against South Korean media outlets for damages. The claim is missing context: the pharmaceutical giant told AFP the claim is groundless and that it has repo
AstraZeneca said its experts did not identify any safety concerns related to the vaccine, including finding no increased risk of rare blood clots identified in Europe.
The suspensions came after reports of blood clots in some recipients of the vaccine, even though international health agencies urged governments to press ahead with the shot, saying the benefits outweighed the risks.
“The benefits of using the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca outweigh the possible risks, so that we can start to use it,” Indonesia’s Food and Drug Authority said in its announcement.
The news that most European governments suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has health experts worried that it could hamper an already slow vaccine rollout on the continent and fuel vaccine skepticism. France, Italy, Spain and
No causal link has been established, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said.
Concerns over the clotting led more than a dozen European countries to suspend use of the vaccine, even though the company and international health agencies said there was no indication the vaccine caused the clotting and recommended continuing inocula
The data in this piece is correct as of the time of writing, on 17 March 2021. A post on Facebook has claimed that 17 countries have “banned” the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and the UK hasn’t. The post previously claimed that 12 count
European fact-checkers are trying to thread the needle between debunking falsehoods about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and explaining why several European countries have paused its distribution. Most say they’re putting a greater emphasis on expl
As of this writing, 37 cases of blood clots were reported out of the 17 million people who have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
A claim that Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt has suffered cellulitis caused by an AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter. The claim is false: according to medical experts, cellulitis is a skin infectio
A cascading number of European countries — including Germany, France, Italy, and Spain — suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients.
It has been claimed on Facebook that the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine contains viruses from chimpanzees and human foetal cells. The post suggests this means the vaccine contains animal products. Does the vaccine contain human foetal cells? We have fact c
The AstraZeneca vaccine's clinical trial results in leading peer-reviewed journals revealed comparable immune responses in older and younger people.
A Facebook post shared by a widely followed account in the name of a South African politician claims that pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca - whose Covid-19 vaccines are set to be rolled out in the country - is owned by a rich Chinese man. The claim
The U.K. is in the midst of an acute outbreak, recording more than 50,000 new coronavirus infections a day over the past six days.
The Drugs Controller General of India approved a COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use.
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook which claim it shows that the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine contains MRC-5 cells originally taken from an aborted human foetus. The claim is misleading: the Ast
A viral anti-vaccine video mangles the science behind the production of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
“Share [this video] to...anybody that doesn’t want aborted foetal tissue fragments put into them or their DNA changed” Polly Tommey, 15 November 2020. A video originally posted on the Vaxxed II Facebook page, which has since spread f
A statement describing the error came days after the company described the shots as “highly effective.”
The company is investigating whether a recipient's "potentially unexplained" illness is a side effect of the shot.
AstraZeneca temporarily paused its COVID-19 vaccine trial due to an unexplained illness in a study participant, who is said to recover soon.
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