Evaluating AstraZeneca's shot after European regulators say blood clots are a rare side effect


Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:

  • Experts tell us that AstraZeneca’s vaccine is safer than flying on a plane;
  • Humana just hired a Goldman Sachs vet to lead corporate development and M&A;
  • The most common side effects to expect from each vaccine.

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French Health Minister Olivier Veran receives a dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine.THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images

Getting AstraZeneca’s shot is safer than flying on a plane, experts say — the bigger problem is an ‘explosion of vaccine skepticism’

  • Blood clots are a “very rare” side effect of AstraZeneca’s shot, European regulators said Wednesday.
  • But five medical experts told Insider they aren’t convinced the shot actually causes clotting.
  • Experts worry that public skepticism may unnecessarily derail AstraZeneca’s global vaccine rollout.

Read more about the risks here>>

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon speaks at the 2019 Milken Institute Global ConferenceMichael Kovac/Getty Images

Humana just poached a veteran Goldman Sachs banker to lead M&A and corporate development

  • Former Goldman banker Logan Nicholson has left to lead Humana’s corporate development and M&A team.
  • Nicholson spent 18 years at Goldman, most recently as head of US leveraged finance capital markets.
  • Chris Bonner, JPMorgan’s co-head of capital markets, will leave the bank to join Goldman.

Learn more about the move here>>

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The most common side effects to expect after your coronavirus vaccine, based on which shot you get

  • All three US-authorized coronavirus vaccines can have similar side effects, though they vary slightly.
  • Injection-site pain is the most common side effect of all three shots.
  • More than 60% of participants in Moderna’s and Pfizer’s trials also reported fatigue.

See the full chart here>>

More stories we’re reading:

  • A ‘double mutant’ coronavirus variant found in India was spotted in California — but there’s no evidence it’s ‘doubly scary’ (Insider)
  • The lasting impact the pandemic will have on first responders (ProPublica)
  • Over a third of COVID-19 survivors experience a neurological condition or mental illness in the 6 months after infection, a large-scale study finds (Insider)
  • European regulators are looking into the ethical standards for Russia’s Sputnik vaccine trials (Financial Times)
  • How to spot the symptoms of a blood clot (Insider)

– Lydia 

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