Oxford vaccine: 'Reassuring that safety monitoring systems working,' says chief

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- A further 91 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the United Kingdom total to 125,926 by that measure.

The EMA has received an additional 13 reports of CSVT.

Hours earlier, the EU Commission head had threatened to withhold vaccine exports to the United Kingdom and mooted pulling the EU's emergency trigger, used only once in its history, to allow authorities to seize control of production and distribution.

BNR quoted Deputy Health Minister Zheni Nacheva saying on March 19 that one option under consideration was to move all those times forward by the number of days that the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine was suspended. In the United Kingdom, the decision to suspend the use of any vaccine is a matter of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Elsewhere, professor Robin Shattock, who is working on Covid-19 variants research at Imperial College London, said vaccine supply shortages in April will have some impact on the rollout programme.

Medical bosses said the clots might have even been caused by Covid-19 itself but they didn't know.

This included reports of a rare and difficult-to-treat condition called cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT).

John Hopkins University estimates it affects five in a million people in the U.S. every year, which would suggest 330 patients in Britain suffer from the condition annually.

Bragging about Britain's vaccination drive, the prime minister said they had immunised more than "the entire population of many countries".

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"In Morocco, more than 5.6 million vaccinations have taken place in the past seven weeks, while in Angola, vaccines have reached over 49,000 people, including more than 28, 000 health workers in the past week", She said. "It is in Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Baltic States where case incidence, hospitalizations and deaths are now among the highest in the world".

Only 24 people remain in hospital being treated for COVID-19 in Taiwan.

So if all adults caught Covid with that as the average risk level, 55,000 people would die.

His comments came after the EMA confirmed the vaccine is "safe and effective" and its benefits outweigh any risks.

Bulgaria suspended the vaccine's use on March 12 after reports in other European Union countries that some recipients of the vaccine developed blood clots.

Taiwan's government has played down concerns about the late start to the vaccination programme, pointing out that with such a low case rate there is not the urgency that exists in other countries where the pandemic remains rampant.

'This type of blood clot can occur naturally in people who have not been vaccinated, as well as in those suffering from COVID-19.

"The number of people dying from Covid-19 in Europe is higher now than it was this time past year", said Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization's European director. "You should therefore continue to get your jab when it is your turn".

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