European regulator: AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said the benefits of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine “outweigh the possible risks”. Emer Cooke, EMA executive director, told a press briefing: “The committee has come to a clear scientific conclusion. “This is a safe and effective vaccine. Its benefits in protecting people from Covid-19, with the associated risks of death and hospitalisation, outweigh the possible risks.