Benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh its risks


But the number of countries in the bloc that are sticking with the shot is falling after heavyweights like Germany, Italy, France and Spain all said they were suspending it. NACI still says the elderly should be prioritized for more effective mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.

In the meantime, tens of millions of doses of the shot are sitting in the United States stockpile, thanks to an early agreement to buy 300 million doses of the vaccine. During a press conference, the premier said that NACI "is messing everything up".

"There are people who have concerns", Prayuth Chan-ocha said after getting the shot.

A European Union health official said Tuesday there was "no indication" that the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine caused blood clots in some people.

Other epidemiologists note that similar cases have not been found in unusual numbers in Britain, which began using AstraZeneca earlier and has given more than 10 million doses.

The changing advice and reports of potential rare adverse events are causing confusion among some.

At this time, World Health Organization considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations continue, ' the global agency said in a Wednesday statement.

"But it could be the case that the risks of the vaccine are higher for certain patient groups such as young women", Lauterbach, an epidemiologist whose party is part of the Berlin coalition, told Deutschlandfunk radio in an interview. "This isn't blaming anybody".

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The safety committee was also looking at "serious thromboembolic events" from the UK, Cooke said. Doing so helps maintain confidence in vaccines. This does not necessarily mean that the events are linked to vaccination itself, but it is good practice to investigate them.

A medical staff member displays the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site set up in the Marseille soccer Velodrome stadium, during a presentation to the media, in Marseille, March 15, 2021.

"The benefits of the vaccine continue to outweigh its risks", said federal chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

AstraZeneca is now mostly being administered in pharmacies and doctors offices in Ontario - in Toronto, Windsor and Kingston.

This contradicts a statement from the German government outlining why the country opted to halt vaccinations suggesting that the number of cases of cerebral vein thrombosis was "above average", despite the "high number of vaccinations with [AstraZeneca]" which totals 1.6 million. "Hence the risk and benefit balance for the AstraZeneca vaccine remains clearly in favor of its benefits".

"I think the only thing that I would say would have been done differently is the communications support so that we would have been able to explain all this exactly as we're doing today", she said.

"You have the goal, it is about getting society back to normal and weathering the storm in the third wave".