American infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said that AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine has a good effect, but doubts about its safety need to be resolved.
Fauci told BBC Radio on Tuesday: “In terms of effectiveness, I think AstraZeneca’s vaccine is a very good vaccine. If it solves the EU’s safety issues, the effectiveness of the vaccine is very good.”
“Whether we will use AZ is still unknown, but at this point, we don’t seem to have to do it. For AZ, this is not a bad decision. Given the supply of vaccines provided by other companies, we may not have to. Use AZ.”
European regulators are testing whether rare blood clots appear in the AstraZeneca vaccine. It has not yet been approved in the United States.
European regulators have identified possible links between vaccines and blood clots, but emphasized that the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks.
More than twelve countries suspended the use for a period of time, but then continued to use it. Some of them introduced minimum age restrictions, including France, the Netherlands, and Germany.
British officials have recommended that people under 30 get another vaccine.
The AZ vaccine is by far the cheapest and does not require special storage conditions at extremely low temperatures like some vaccines, which is why it is the main vaccine in many vaccination campaigns.