EU regulator says AstraZeneca vaccine ‘safe and effective’

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The EU’s drugs regulator says that the AstraZeneca vaccine is “safe and effective” and not linked to an increased risk of blood clots.

“The committee has come to a clear scientific conclusion: This is a safe and effective vaccine,” European Medicines Agency chief Emer Cooke tells a press conference after a probe by the body’s safety committee.

“The committee also concluded that the vaccine is not associated with an increase in the overall risk of thromboembolic events or blood clots.”