According to the director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, at the moment, there is “confusion” around this vaccine.
The findings of the US regulator regarding the coronavirus vaccine developed by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca will help clarify the situation with the potential side effects of using this drug. This opinion was expressed by the director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the United States, Anthony Fauci, on Tuesday.
According to him, at the moment, there is some “confusion” around this vaccine. “The easiest way to resolve all these issues is that AstraZeneca will and is now in the process of submitting its data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [under the Department of Health and Human Services] [FDA] to apply for registration of its vaccine under an expedited procedure in an emergency. FDA <…> thoroughly checks all data in a way that no other organization can. When they announce their decision regarding the authorization [for the use of the drug]<…>, then I think many of the questions that people ask about the possibility of blood clots, the side effects [of the vaccine and its] effectiveness <…>, these questions will be answered, ” said the chief infectious disease specialist of the United States, speaking via video link at the National Press Club in Washington
On Tuesday, the head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) department for Health Threats and vaccination strategy, Marco Cavaleri, in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, did not rule out a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and the formation of blood clots. At the same time, he noted that it is unknown what could provoke such a reaction of the body to the drug, and the conclusions are still far away.
As a precautionary measure, some countries suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to reports of blood clots in large vessels with impaired blood clotting in vaccinated patients. Still, after the recommendation of the EMA, the use of the drug was resumed. The World Health Organization also called for continued use of the vaccine, noting that there was no direct link between vaccination and blood clots at the time.