The European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed this Friday that the vaccine developed by the Pfizer / BioNTech laboratories against coronavirus is not linked to deaths of people who had received the injection and do not have any new side effects.
The European regulator said in a statement that it had examined the deaths of people who had received the corresponding dose and concluded that “the data did not show a relationship with the vaccine and that these cases do not show that there is a safety problem” with this drug.
The EMA concluded that the data collected “coincides with the information regarding the vaccine safety that it was already in their hands and that no other side effects have been identified. ”
The Amsterdam-based agency said on the other hand that there were sporadic severe allergic reactions, but that they do not go beyond those that had been anticipated as a secondary effect. “The advantages (of the vaccine) in the prevention of covid-19 continue to outweigh any risk and there is no change in recommendation in its use,” he said.
So far, the European regulator has approved two vaccines: that of Pfizer / BioNTech and that of the American laboratory Moderna. This Friday will rule on a third, developed by the British laboratory AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.
Some countries, including Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Sweden, reported the deaths of people who had received the Pfizer / BioNTech injection, but no relationship had been established with the vaccine.