Australia probes if blood clot case linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

The government has cleared the Astra Zeneca vaccine following fears it causes blood clots

In response to the MHRA's data, Prof Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), insisted taking the vaccine was "by far the safest choice" to minimise the risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19.

Britain reported 25 new cases of rare blood clots possibly linked to AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, adding to the numbers that have caused some European countries to adopt precautionary measures. That followed reports of 31 cases of the rare clots, mostly in women.

The U.K. agency said that the 30 incidents were out of 18.1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine given by March 24.

Earlier this month, the European Medicines Agency, which authorized the AstraZeneca vaccine in January, said the vaccine's benefits outweigh any risks.

Kidd said people who received either of the Covid-19 vaccines should be aware of the common side effects, which include fever, sore muscles, tiredness and headaches usually 24 hours after the dose.

Regulators said they had received no reports of such clotting events after the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

The agency said a causal link between unusual blood clots in people who have had the vaccine is "not proven, but is possible", adding that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing Covid-19 outweighed the risks of side effects.

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On Thursday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot to try to boost confidence in the vaccine.

Meanwhile, Australia is investigating whether a blood clotting case recorded yesterday is related to the AstraZeneca vaccine, a health official said, raising concern in a nation where most people are expected to receive the drugmaker's shot. Still, countries are counting on the shot to help them exit the pandemic, and millions of doses have been administered across the region. In total, some 400,000 people were given the AstraZeneca vaccine during the period the problems were reported.

The organisation's head of safety monitoring, Dr Peter Arlett, said that was "more than we would expect to see". "One died and one also had a brain haemorrhage", it said.

Britain, where the vaccine was developed with the University of Oxford, has been one of the countries worst-hit by coronavirus with almost 127,000 dead. Like the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca jabs, Moderna's is given in two doses several weeks apart.

Malaysia has secured 12.8 million AstraZeneca doses - half from the Covax global vaccine-sharing scheme and half from the AstraZeneca manufacturer in Thailand.

The aim is to vaccinate everyone aged 18 or over in the United Kingdom with one dose by the end of July - but children could receive a vaccine in the long term if they are shown to be safe.

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