Vaccine rollout unaffected by concerns over AstraZeneca

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Thailand announces plans to go ahead with AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine despite other countries suspending its use over safety fears.

The three largest European Union nations - Germany, Italy and France - joined others in suspending the shot Monday, dealing a blow to the global immunisation campaign against a disease that has killed more than 2.6 million people. On Saturday, Norwegian authorities reported that four people under age 50 who had gotten the AstraZeneca vaccine had an unusually low number of blood platelets.

A 60-year old Danish woman who died of a blood clot after receiving AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine had "highly unusual" symptoms, according to the Danish Medicines Agency.

"A careful review of all available safety data of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union and United Kingdom with Covid Vaccine AstraZeneca has shown no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or thrombocytopenia, in any defined age group, gender, batch or in any particular country", the company said in a statement.

The AstraZeneca crisis comes as a number of countries battle worrying surges in coronavirus infections, a grim reminder that the battle against COVID-19 is far from over.

Health Canada has said Canada has not received any AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that were part of the batch under investigation for blood clots and Trudeau reassured Canadians that the doses in Canada are safe.

Much of Europe, in contrast to the us, is the middle of a resurgence of covid-19, led by the spread of more transmissible and deadlier variants. About 30,000 Americans participated in a clinical trial that is now being independently reviewed.

"The decision to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine was based on new information from Norway that emerged late last night", Stephen Donnelly, Ireland's health minister, said in a tweet Sunday. "There literally have been tens and tens of millions of doses of this vaccine administered in multiple countries and this is now only the first we're hearing about it", Bogoch added.

The World Health Organisation earlier on Monday appealed to countries not to suspend vaccinations against a disease that has caused more than 2.7 million deaths worldwide.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has received his second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at a Castle Hill medical clinic.

"These will be the most intrusive measures taken by Oslo during the pandemic", said mayor Raymond Johansen. "This is lower than we might see, even in the general population, without vaccination".

But it appears the damage might already be done as more people grow skeptical about the shot. The World Health Organization says side effects to COVID vaccines have been mostly "mild to moderate and short-lasting" and include: fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, diarrhea and pain at the injection site.

And the developers of Russia's successful Sputnik V vaccine said on Monday they had reached production agreements in key European countries. The mishap was preceded by an earlier stumble in late winter - the temporary suspension of several trials after a report of brain injury possibly related to the vaccine.

AstraZeneca said on Friday it would try to deliver 30 million doses to the European Union by the end of March, down from a contractual obligation of 90 million and a previous pledge made last month to deliver 40 million doses.

"Therefore, the best vaccine for you to take is the very first one that is offered to you".

So far, many Ontarians are heeding his call.

Wong owns the pharmacy inside the Shoppers Drug Mart at Kennedy Road and Lawrence Avenue. Brown says age is perhaps the biggest determining factor, noting older people, who tend to have less robust immune systems, report fewer reactions. "So I would say, you know, it's not entirely clear if there's an association", he explained.

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