A panel of experts from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the regulator that approves vaccines against COVID-19 recommended adding a rare inflammation of the spinal cord called transverse myelitis to the list of side effects caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine.
OUR European regulator he also advised that a similar warning be placed on the list of adverse reactions caused by a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Transverse myelitis is an acute inflammation of the spinal cord which blocks nerve impulses and can cause muscle weakness, numbness, tingling, or even urinary and bowel problems.
EMA experts, after analyzing various data, concluded that there is a causal relationship between the two vaccines and transverse myelitis. at least a reasonable possibility. However, they emphasize that the risk/benefit ratio of vaccines remains unchanged.
The European Medicines Agency has not disclosed how many cases of transverse myelitis have been reported following Covid-19 vaccination. no matter how often they happen.
This is not the first time that AstraZeneca’s vaccine has raised concerns about possible side effects: it has even been suspended in several countries after death from a post-vaccination thrombosis.