AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine’s link to blood clots causes worldwide concern

The UK’s vaccine regulatory body found a possible link between a rare case of blood clots and the AstraZeneca vaccine, but UK health authorities, the World Health Organization, and the European Medicines Agency confirmed that overall benefits of the vaccine significantly outweigh any risks. However, Britain recommended people under 30 get an alternative COVID-19 vaccine if possible. Further, it was announced that clinical trials with children have been halted, as investigation of the blood clots continues. Countries have been advised by the European Medicines Agency to make their own determinations, as the investigation is ongoing. Conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccine organizations and individuals are now claiming that the AstraZeneca vaccine is dangerous, and that signing children up for any vaccine trials constitutes parental negligence.

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