'No evidence' to limit use of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine


The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have said the benefits of the shot outweigh the risks, but are monitoring the developing situation as more cases are reported.

Nearly all cases are reportedly in younger and middle-aged women, prompting several German hospitals to suspend the use of the jab for women under 55 this week.

Fiona Brinkman, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at Simon Fraser University, said she could not comment directly on the AstraZeneca vaccine without seeing the data but said it appears public health officials are airing on the side of caution.

"The link is possible, and we can not say any more than that at this point", Cooke said.

Germany's vaccination campaign has been sluggish, with official figures showing around 11 percent of the population have received a first dose so far. An informal CTV News Edmonton poll on Twitter showed that, as of 4 p.m., out of over 1,800 respondents, over half would not get the AstraZeneca vaccine if it was offered to them right away. That was probably predictable given the vein of science denial that runs through the party.

The decision to pause the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine - a "precautionary measure", as described by Canada's Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health - follows a long-established regulatory protocol to review more data as it emerges.

Thierry Breton, who is the EU's internal market commissioner, emphasised that "there is nothing to negotiate" while referring to the EU's ongoing talks over vaccine production.

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The condition tends to occur between four and 16 days after vaccination. According to the CDC, viral vector vaccines have been studied since the 1970s and most recently two viral vector vaccines have been used in Ebola outbreaks. Advice to doctors in the meantime is that each case will require consultation with a hematologist.

Dix said B.C.is expecting to receive 43,000 more AstraZeneca doses on Friday from the federal government.

Calls to several Vancouver-area Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies listed as offering COVID-19 vaccinations were met with busy signals Wednesday, while the Rexall pharmacies provided an online wait-list.

The results of its Phase Three trials released on March 21 in the USA suggest its vaccine is 76 per cent effective against symptoms of COVID-19 (85 per cent in people over 65) and 100 per cent effective against hospitalization and severe symptoms of COVID-19. "The risks of the complications are very low and the risks of the disease are much higher than the risks of a complication".

One in five Canadians already hospitalized with COVID-19 develops blood clots. Under the restrictions, all municipalities move to the Red Phase of the state's COVID-19 plan, under which only essential businesses and facilities such as grocery stores, banks, critical industries, and schools, may remain open for on-premises operation.

Germany is the latest country to advise against using the AstraZeneca jab.

The suspensions come as Germany, along with other European countries, is scrambling to ramp up its vaccine programme, which lags far behind those in Britain and the United States. "We've all lived in this nightmare for over a year now and we need it to end".

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