In France, Italy, Spain, and Germany, citizens consider the vaccine unsafe amid a scandal with blood clots in vaccinated patients. The situation did not affect only the UK, where the majority considers the drug reliable.
In the largest European countries вЂ” Germany, France, Spain, and Italy вЂ” the opinion about the safety of the vaccine produced by AstraZeneca has deteriorated. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the international marketing company YouGov.
The loss of European confidence is linked to reports that the vaccine can lead to blood clots. As noted in YouGov, EU residents in February treated the drug AstraZeneca more cautiously than its competitors from Pfizer and Moderna. The March survey showed that confidence declined even further.
55% of Germans consider the vaccine unsafe, only 32% are sure of its safety. In February, residents of Germany were set up differently (40 and 43%, respectively).
In France, back in February, the proportion of the population who considered the drug unsafe was higher вЂ” 43% versus 33%. Now the opinion about AstraZeneca has deteriorated вЂ” 61% do not trust the vaccine, only 23% do.
In Italy and Spain, the majority of citizens previously considered the vaccine safe (54 and 59%, respectively). Now, these shares have fallen to 36 and 38%, which is less than the number of people who are confident in the reliability of the drug in both countries.
The story of the blood clots had almost no impact on the opinion of the British. In February, the safety of the drug, developed by AstraZeneca together with the University of Oxford, was claimed by 81% of residents of the United Kingdom. In March, their number fell to 77%.
The AstraZeneca vaccine scandal began in March. In several countries, cases of thrombosis and thromboembolism have been identified in vaccinated patients, including with fatal outcomes. After that, more than 20 countries refused to use the drug.
The EMA, WHO, and Oxford University said the vaccine is safe and there is no evidence of a link between it and thrombosis. AstraZeneca reported that about 40 cases of thrombosis and venous embolism were detected for 7 million vaccinated patients, which corresponds to the statistics of the use of other vaccines.
After the statements of the European regulator, several countries reported their readiness to resume the vaccination campaign. At the same time, scientists from Germany and Norway said that they found a possible cause of blood clots вЂ” in extremely rare cases, the drug AstraZeneca causes an autoimmune reaction that affects blood clotting.