The message of the European Medicines Agency should be understood as meaning that the AstraZeneki vaccine is safe, explained Aleksandra Zasada, assistant professor from the National Institute of Hygiene, referring to Wednesday’s EMA declarations. She stressed that the company’s formulation is “as good as other vaccines”. – The pandemic is raging, we have a lot of illnesses, a lot of deaths, so we should vaccinate ourselves with what is available – she appealed.
European Medicines Agency The (EMA) said Wednesday that the benefits of AstraZeneca’s vaccine versus possible risks “remain positive”. It was said that “cases of blood clots with low platelet counts should be listed as” very rare side effects “of this vaccine.
Aleksandra Zasada, the head of the Department of Serum and Vaccine Research from the National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene, talked about the EMA’s announcement on the vaccine on TVN24.
“The message should be understood to mean that this vaccine is safe”
– The message should be understood to mean that the vaccine is safe. That’s what the experts and the commission said – she said.
– Looking deeper into the opinion of this committee, we can learn that despite the analyzes, it was not possible to identify what could be the cause of possible thrombotic events related to the administration of the vaccine. Thus, it was not possible to fully confirm that this vaccine can cause such events, she explained.
The rule explained that if such events were observed, the information about the side effect would be on the vaccine package insert and its characteristics. – This is to ensure the safety of patients, so that they can pay attention to certain things. The same is true of the doctor: to let him know that something like this is very rare, but still can occur – she described
“The phenomenon that occurs with vaccines once in 100,000”
Which means that the side effect, in this case thrombotic syndromes, is “very rare”? – A phenomenon that occurs in the case of vaccines every 100,000 patients is defined as very rare – explained Dr. Principle.
What is very rare are symptoms that have not been noticed at all, even in clinical trials. Despite the fact that clinical tests were performed on a very large group of people, tens of thousands, no such symptoms were found there. Only when the entire population is vaccinated, when we have vaccinations in the millions (…) then it was noticed that such thrombotic events can occur – she explained.
The rule also talked about the most common side effects of vaccination. – During the vaccine research, we say that there were frequent phenomena such as pain at the site of injection. Here, up to 30 percent of patients said it hurt at this point. We also have frequent phenomena of fever, muscle aches, malaise – she mentioned.
“Any delay in vaccination is to the detriment of the person to be vaccinated.”
Aleksandra Zasada, assistant professor, said that “at the moment we are in a situation where we cannot afford to choose a preparation” with which we should be vaccinated. – The pandemic is raging, we have a lot of illnesses, a lot of deaths, so we should vaccinate ourselves with what is available – she pointed out.
The rule said that “you have to remember that protection against severe COVID-19 disease is not just a matter of getting the vaccine and it’s safe.” “After this vaccine, it takes time for our bodies to make antibodies for this vaccine to work. There must also be the second dose that determines the effectiveness of this vaccination – she explained.
– Therefore, any delay in vaccination is to the detriment of the person who was to be vaccinated. And the AstraZeneca vaccine is just as good as the others that have been approved, and despite the hype about the side effects of these thrombotic events, it really is such a rare phenomenon that death from COVID-19 is a much greater risk, said the National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene.
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