There have been 79 cases of rare blood clots, resulting in 19 deaths, in people receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine in Britain, the country’s medicines regulator said Wednesday.
“By the 31st of March over 20 million doses having been given, we have had 79 cases reported. Of the 79 cases, 19 people have sadly died,” June Raine, Chief Executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), told a briefing.
Meanwhile, Belgium on Wednesday announced it is restricting AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to over 55s only, following confirmation by the EU’s drugs regulator of a link with rare forms of blood clots.
The suspension of the jab for adults aged 18 to 55 is based on “recent scientific advice,” the health ministry said in a statement, adding that people in that age bracket would be offered jabs from BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna instead.