Europe To Resume AZ Vaccine Use After Safety Review, But Confidence Knocked
Rare But Serious Events Being Monitored
The EMA’s conclusions are in line with those of the UK regulator and the World Health Organization, but EU countries’ stop-start decisions will have done nothing to boost the public’s trust in the vaccine.
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The EU institutions are taking steps to preserve the effectiveness of existing vaccines in the face of mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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