Touched and sunk. This is how the AstraZeneca vaccine seems to be after the few, barely around thirty, cases of thrombi that have occurred all over the world. Since then, international organizations have repeated actively and passively that it is safe.
The last to pronounce has been the European Medicines Agency (EMA for its acronym in English). In a press conference held this Thursday they have been forceful "The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective". After an exhaustive analysis they have not been able to conclude that the cases of thrombi are related to the vaccine. However, the population seems increasingly reluctant to use it. This has prompted world leaders to take action on the matter.
The first of them has been Boris Johnson. The British 'premier' has been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca drug. "Certainly I will do it with this vaccine"he explained during a speech in Parliament. Johnson's decision draws attention especially if one takes into account that you are over 55 years old and Covid-19 has already passed.
"Get the vaccine it's the best we can to do to return to the life that we miss so much ", has expressed the 'premier' through his Twitter account after being vaccinated.
I've just received my first Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine dose.
Thank you to all of the incredible scientists, NHS staff and volunteers who helped make this happen.
Getting the jab is the best thing we can do to get back to the lives we miss so much.
Let's get the jab done. pic.twitter.com/mQCTMAkB8d
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) March 19, 2021
The United Kingdom is one of the countries that has supplied the most doses of AstraZeneca and one of the few Europeans that did not consider suspending its use temporarily, as Spain, Italy, France, Germany did …
But Johnson is not alone. Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, has been one of the great advocates of the AstraZeneca vaccine. "The Ministry of Health and our experts have spent a long time ensuring that every vaccine approved in Canada is safe and effective", he declared at a press conference.
The 49-year-old leader of Canada has also stated that you are waiting your turn to be vaccinated against Covid-19, like Johnson, with the AstraZeneca drug.
Although the pioneer among the brave is Jean Castex, French Prime Minister. Earlier in the week, before the EMA's pronouncement, he assured that "it would be prudent for me to be vaccinated quickly, as soon as the suspension is lifted." And said and done, Castex received the first dose of AstraZeneca this Friday.
Not only the younger leaders have raised their arms. One of the first to place their trust in AstraZeneca was Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy. At almost 80 years old, he received the drug at the beginning of March. He did so after the country's authorities recommended the drug for those over 65.
Castex has assured before being vaccinated that it is necessary "to show that we can have full confidence" in the drug. However, it seems that regaining this trust will not be an easy task. So they believe from Link Securities. "It will be very difficult for EU countries to be able to use it on a massive scale to immunize the population," they acknowledge.
The Barclays experts have spoken in a very similar line. Despite the fact that countries have resumed vaccinations with AstraZeneca from the finance company, they point out that "this episode could have lasting impact if people are still reluctant to take this vaccine. "
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