AstraZeneca: Side effects of coronavirus vaccine are as expected

British–Swedish multinational pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca said on Thursday that it was not aware of any serious or unexpected side effects from its coronavirus vaccine, and underscored its rigorous quality standards and use in more than 50 countries.

In Germany, reports of side effects – and concerns about efficacy – have led some people to snub AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine in recent days. Some people have complained about severe reactions, sometimes even requiring sick leave, which has led to a rise in cancelled vaccination appointments by those now nervous about the jab.

“Currently, the reactions reported are as we would expect based on the evidence gathered from our clinical trial programme,” an AstraZeneca spokesperson told dpa. These symptoms include temporary pain and sensitivity at the injection site, mild-to-moderate headache, fatigue, chills, fever, malaise and muscle ache.

Most symptoms appear a day after the vaccination, and they are much less likely to surface after the second dose of vaccine, he said.

“There have been no confirmed serious adverse events associated with vaccination with Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca,” said the spokesperson, who added that the company was monitoring the situation closely.

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