Claims from 35 alleged victims have been filed against AstraZeneca, accusing its Covid vaccine of causing rare complications leading to deaths and serious harm. The Telegraph has the details.
Lawyers have issued the claims amounting to tens of millions of pounds in the High Court over complications they say were caused by the vaccine, months after launching two test cases.
The cases highlight what is claimed to be a very rare side effect that has been linked to the deaths of at least 81 people and caused serious harm to hundreds more.
The claims allege the vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca in partnership with the University of Oxford, is “defective”.
The vaccine has been linked to a newly identified condition that causes blood clots called Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombocytopenia and Thrombosis (VITT). In about one-in-five cases, patients who contracted VITT died.
The Telegraph understands that up to 40 more claims are expected to be lodged. The total compensation bill, should AstraZeneca lose, amounts to about £80 million, making it one of the most expensive vaccine litigation cases ever.