On Thursday it was reported that a patient in Denmark had died from a blood clot after having the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
Denmark, Norway and Iceland have since suspended the vaccine as they are now investigating if this could have caused the death.
There is no confirmed link between having the vaccine and blood clots and leading doctor’s and scientists have spoken out to defend the Oxford jab.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Dr Amir Khan said that the countries have taken a precautionary measure, but there is no link as “the vaccine went through rigorous clinical trials.”
Dr Khan said, “Denmark, Norway, Iceland have paused the rollout of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine because there were some reports of blood clots in those other people who had had them.
“The European Medicines Agency has come out very clearly to say that there is no link between the vaccine, the Oxford vaccine, and blood clots. Oxford AstraZeneca themselves have said that the vaccine went through rigorous clinical trials and this is not a known side effect.
“And when you look at the numbers, it doesn’t really add up. 5m people across Europe had the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, 30 of them developed blood clots. When you look at the background to that, one in 1,000 people would develop blood clots anyway, without the vaccine.
“So I do want to allay people’s concerns, there is no link between the vaccine and blood clots.”
The GMB host asked if there is a link between coronavirus and blood clots.
Dr Khan replied, “The two are very separate,’ he continued. ‘Coronavirus itself can affect the way your blood clots, and increase your risk of clotting, it increases inflammation in the body which again can increase your risk of of blood clotting.
“However, the vaccines don’t contain coronavirus. ‘It can’t give you coronavirus by having the vaccine, and the method by which the immune system is triggered is very, very different.
“So the two are very separate.”
The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said on Thursday that people should still get the Oxford vaccine as Denmark’s concerns are “not confirmed.”
“It has not been confirmed that the report of a blood clot was caused by the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine.
“People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.”
“As of March 9, 2021, 22 cases of thromboembolic events had been reported among the 3 million people vaccinated with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in the European Economic Area.”