AstraZeneca: EU 'fiddling while Rome burns' says doctor
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Health expert Dr Simon Clarkle has blasted the European Union for acting out of jealously over the blocks treatment of the AstraZeneca Covid jab. Dr Clarke said Brussels was acting like a “green-eyed monster” after 11 EU member countries acted to halt the rollout of the Anglo-Swedish vaccine after unsubstantiated claims the drug may cause blood clotting. The medical expert said that Brussels was exposing EU citizens to greater risks from the virus while focusing on the supposed risk posed by the AstraZeneca dose.
He told Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO: “While they are worrying about people’s tiny chances it seems if there is any chance at all, of increased risks of these blood clots.
“They’re leaving people exposed to the virus and to the extensive blood clotting that can happen with that so really they could be argued to be fiddling while Rome burns.
Julia then questioned why all the concerns had been raised about the AstraZeneca vaccine while there had been “nothing like the same issues” raised about the Pfizer jab.
She said: “Whether it is Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, two of the most powerful people in Europe saying that it wasn’t suitable for over 65s, expressing concerns about safety.
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“The battles of getting supplies of AstraZeneca vaccine, the battle over the export of the vaccine from Italy to Australia.
“They seem to be desperate to get hold of the vaccine to stop the vaccine going out of Europe but they don’t want anyone to take it.
“What is going on?” she asked the microbiologist.
He replied: “One is tempted to conclude that there is the possibility of the green-eyed monster because of course, the UK has produced in a relatively short space of time a successful safe vaccine.”
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He continued: “Other counties efforts have not been quite as effective.”
Several European countries confirmed on Monday that they were suspending administrating the AstraZeneca vaccine after isolated cases of bleeding and blood clots were reported.
Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus joined the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Iceland and Thailand which had already temporarily halted their rollout of the jab.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said “many thousands of people” develop blood clots every year in the EU and “the number of thromboembolic events overall in vaccinated people seems not to be higher than that seen in the general population”.
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The EMA’s safety committee is reviewing the data and working closely with the company, experts in blood disorders, and authorities including the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The committee will further review the information on Tuesday ahead of an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to consider any further action that may be needed.
UK leaders and medical experts have defended the use of the vaccine.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there was “no reason at all” to stop the vaccine’s rollout and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would accept her jab “without hesitation” when called on.
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