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AstraZeneca shots have good risk-benefit profile for over 60s, says EMA official

CoronavirusJun 13, 2021 04:05PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Syringes with AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines are prepared in Fasano Italy, April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

MILAN (Reuters) -The head of the EU drug regulator's COVID-19 task force said on Sunday that AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:AZN)'s coronavirus vaccine had a favourable risk-benefit profile for all age groups and particularly for those aged over 60.

Italian newspaper La Stampa earlier quoted European Medicines Agency (EMA) task force chief Marco Cavaleri as saying countries should avoid giving the vaccine to people aged over 60 in addition to younger age groups, amid fears over very rare blood clotting and as alternative vaccines become available.

"Unfortunately my words have not been interpreted correctly in a recent interview with La Stampa," Cavaleri said in a statement to Reuters. The AstraZeneca shot "maintains a favourable benefit risk profile in all ages but particularly in the elderly above 60," he said.

The EMA's position is that the AstraZeneca shot is safe and can be used for all age groups over 18. However several European Union member states have stopped administering it to people below a certain age, usually ranging from 50 to 65, restricting its use to older people, due to very rare cases of blood clotting, mainly among young people.

On Sunday evening, La Stampa changed the headline on its article online and added a clarification with Cavaleri's later comments to its article. La Stampa editor Massimo Giannini said he had no further comment.

Earlier this week the Italian government said it would restrict the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged over 60, after a teenager who had received the shot died from a rare form of blood clotting.

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza told reporters on Sunday that Italy will continue to use the AstraZeneca vaccine on the over 60s, including those who have not received a first shot.

Like many European countries, Italy briefly halted AstraZeneca inoculations in March over concerns about the very rare blood clotting problems. It resumed them the following month with the recommendation that the product be "preferably" used for people over the age of 60, after the EMA said its benefits outweighed any risks.

AstraZeneca shots have good risk-benefit profile for over 60s, says EMA official
 

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jean lewis
jean lewis Jun 13, 2021 9:54PM ET
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This article is extremely concerning if they are struggling to justify its use in people over the age of 60 who are the highest risk demographic, meanwhile in the US they are encouraging children who have less risk that the common flu to get these experimental vaccines despite side effects including heart inflammation and no studies regarding long term side effects that could affect later in life.
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jean lewis Jun 13, 2021 9:54PM ET
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It is also worth noting that children are also the lowest risk demographic in terms of spreading the virus even if infected (or test positive, rather, since COVID-19 testing also produces a lot of false positives...at least in non-vaccinated people since the CDC modified testing parameters only in vaccinated people to reduce false positives just in vaccinated people to manipulate the numbers).
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Jun 13, 2021 8:16PM ET
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Rubbish
Don Burris
Don Burris Jun 13, 2021 6:29PM ET
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Just another fake news report. When government feels the need to provide "give aways" to take their safe vaccine, you know something wrong.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jun 13, 2021 5:26PM ET
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I'm sure Astrazeneca will prevent social security from going bankrupt in the next few years.
Evan Ault
Evan Ault Jun 13, 2021 5:26PM ET
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I didn't even think about that but hey the jab might single handedly save us all.... not from covid of course...
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Jun 13, 2021 5:24PM ET
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When the cure is worse than the disease...
Evan Ault
Evan Ault Jun 13, 2021 5:24PM ET
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almost like I heard some based person say that before... 🤔
DW Chadz
Calgarychadz Jun 13, 2021 10:03AM ET
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I had a bad reaction to AstraTrudeau, I’m thankful for my second shot being Pfizer. With Astra, over all benefits outweight the risks, except if your dead.
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dangerous
 
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