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AstraZeneca Acknowledges Side Effect of Covid Vaccine in Court Documents

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AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical giant behind one of the early Covid vaccines, has admitted for the first time in court documents that its vaccine can cause a rare side effect known as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). This admission comes amidst a tense legal battle with victims who allege serious injury or death due to the vaccine.

In documents submitted to the United Kingdom High Court, AstraZeneca acknowledged that its Covid vaccine “can, in very rare cases, cause TTS.”

TTS is a condition characterised by blood clots and a low blood platelet count. This admission could potentially lead to significant legal repercussions, including multi-million-pound payouts.

The legal battle against AstraZeneca stems from claims that its Covid vaccine, developed in partnership with the University of Oxford, resulted in serious injury or death in dozens of cases.

Among the claimants is Jamie Scott, a father of two, who lodged the first case against the company. Scott, 44 at the time of vaccination, experienced fatigue and vomiting ten days after receiving the jab. Subsequently, he suffered a permanent brain injury diagnosed as vaccine-induced immunothrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT).

Scott’s case is just one of 51 cases against AstraZeneca, with victims and their families seeking damages estimated to reach £100 million. In response to these claims, AstraZeneca initially contested them, stating in a letter last year that “we do not accept that TTS is caused by the vaccine at a generic level.” However, in documents submitted this year, the company admitted, “It is admitted that the AZ vaccine can, in very rare cases, cause TTS. The causal mechanism is not known.”

While AstraZeneca maintains that TTS can also occur independently of its vaccine, lawyers representing the victims argue that the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine is “defective” and that its efficacy has been “vastly overstated.” AstraZeneca has vehemently denied these allegations.

Reacting to AstraZeneca’s admission, Jamie Scott’s wife expressed a mix of relief and urgency for further action. She stated: “The medical world has acknowledged for a long time that VITT was caused by the vaccine. It’s only AstraZeneca who has questioned whether Jamie’s condition was caused by the jab.” She emphasised the need for swift resolution, saying, “It’s time for things to move more quickly.”

The admission by AstraZeneca marks a significant development in the ongoing legal battle surrounding COVID-19 vaccines. It underscores the complexities and challenges faced by pharmaceutical companies in balancing the urgent need for vaccine development with ensuring safety and addressing potential side effects.

As the legal proceedings continue, the implications of AstraZeneca’s admission and the outcome of the cases against the company will be closely watched by public health experts, legal professionals, and individuals affected by the Covid pandemic.

In a statement responding to the situation, AstraZeneca reiterated its commitment to patient safety, stating, “Our sympathy goes out to anyone who has lost loved ones or reported health problems. Patient safety is our highest priority.” The company emphasised the rigorous standards set by regulatory authorities to ensure the safe use of medicines, including vaccines.

While AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine played a crucial role in the global response to the pandemic, saving millions of lives, the emergence of rare side effects has sparked legal challenges and raised questions about vaccine safety and accountability. The resolution of these legal disputes will undoubtedly shape future discussions on vaccine development, regulation, and public health policy.

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