At the moment, neither the age group, nor the risk factors, nor any other tips that could help me say: no, do not get vaccinated with this vaccine – said in “Kropka nad i” Dr. Paweł Grzesiowski, an expert of the Supreme Medical Council for COVID -19. He referred to the situation with individual cases of blood clots following administration of AstraZeneki. – The vaccine evidently protects against the disease. And those who get sick, because it can happen, will have a milder disease. So there is a clear profit – said Leszek Borkowski, PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Wolski Hospital.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Wednesday that the overall benefit of the use AstraZeneca vaccines to the risk associated with it “remains positive”. “EMA’s Safety Committee (PRAC) concluded today that cases of blood clots with low platelet counts should be listed as very rare side effects of Vaxzevria (formerly the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca vaccine),” the agency said. EMA chief Emer Cooke said at a conference on Wednesday that the risk of dying from COVID-19 is “much higher” than the risk of dying from a vaccine side effect.
“Until more research comes, I believe this vaccine should continue to be used.”
The situation around the AstraZeneki preparation was discussed in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24 by doctor Paweł Grzesiowski, expert of the Supreme Medical Council for COVID-19 and Leszek Borkowski, doctor of pharmaceutical sciences from the Wolski Hospital and the Together in Disease Foundation, former president of the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Products Medical and Biocidal Products.
Grzesiowski said that “as a clinician, but also as a husband, father or grandfather, he would like to know if the product is safe for a specific group”. – At the moment, neither age group, risk factors, nor any other clues that could help me say: no, do not get vaccinated with this vaccine – he emphasized.
– So until more research comes, I believe that this vaccine should continue to be used – said the expert.
“There is a clear profit”
Leszek Borkowski emphasized that “the risk of illness and death as a result of contracting SARS-CoV-2 with COVID-19 disease is greater than the probability that something will happen to you”. – This side effect (…) is very rare and very rare, that is, less than 1 in 10,000 cases – he stressed.
The pharmacologist was also asked where the variations in the different countries come from regarding the age recommendations for people taking AstraZeneki.
– I agree that there is some information chaos. With drugs it is like this: when you do a specific test, it is said that: as a result of this test, I tested the drug on bald people like Borkowski, that is me. Then a bald man, such as Borkowski, can take such a drug. On the other hand, someone with lush hair – no. This can be carried over to years, he said.
– On the other hand, there is chaos resulting from the fact that each country of the European Union has its own registration office, has various cooperating offices, competent bodies and various discussions take place. Unnecessary – emphasized the TVN24 guest. In his opinion “simple things must be talked about in a simple way”. – The vaccine protects, we know, evidently against getting sick. And those who get sick, because it can happen, will have a milder disease. So there is a clear profit – assessed Borkowski.
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