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AstraZeneca vaccine safe to use while potential rare effects probed: WHO - Metro US

AstraZeneca vaccine safe to use while potential rare effects probed: WHO

FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled "Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration photo

GENEVA (Reuters) – The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is still recommended for use while studies continue to examine any potential link to “very rare” side effects including blood clots, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Friday.

“The position stands that the benefits outweigh the risks,” Mariangela Simao, WHO assistant director-general, told a news conference. “It’s being investigated, a potential link to a very rare side-event…which would happen (to) one in a million, is still being investigated by WHO and also by the European Medicines Agency and other regulatory agencies.”

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge; editing by Brenna Hughes-Neghaiwi)

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