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AstraZeneca's troubles dent global vaccination hopes

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Cheaper and more easily stored than other Covid-19 vaccines, AstraZeneca's shot was hailed as the world's way out of the pandemic. But on Wednesday the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed a possible link between the vaccine and rare blood clots.

(CNN)Cheaper and more easily stored than other Covid-19 vaccines, AstraZeneca's shot was hailed as the world's way out of the pandemic.

But on Wednesday the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed a possible link between the vaccine and rare blood clots.

AstraZeneca has pledged to supply its vaccine at no profit during the pandemic, and partnered with the Serum Institute of India, which agreed to produce more than 1 billion doses for low- and middle-income countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that it was "plausible" there was a link between the vaccine and the rare cases of blood clots.

A. The EMA has said that a particular combination of unusual blood clots with low blood platelet counts should be listed as a side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

But the clotting is very rare -- EMA officials said they looked at 18 deaths in their analysis of cases reported in a number of European countries.

EMA Executive Director Emer Cooke told a news conference Wednesday that said there was no clear risk profile found when the safety committee looked at the age and sex of people reporting these rare adverse reactions.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has shrugged off criticism that he is "genocidal" in his opposition to Covid-19 restrictions, as the country's death toll continues to spiral.

That comes a day after the nation recorded its deadliest 24 hours of the pandemic so far, with 4,195 Covid-19 deaths tallied on Tuesday.

The coronavirus variant first identified in the UK is now the most common strain in the US, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday.

Turkey reported at least 276 new deaths over the 24 hours, the highest number of fatalities in one day since the start of the pandemic, according to health ministry data released Wednesday.

Grandparents who want to see unvaccinated grandchildren from different households "should see the grandchildren separately or do it all outdoors" to mitigate risk, said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

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