Canada vaccine panel recommends against AstraZeneca for second dose

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Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer of Canada, said the new evidence in favour of mixing different types of vaccines included four studies in Germany.

"People are confused", he said.

National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that individuals who received a single dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine be given an mRNA vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, for their second dose.

The premier received his first shot of AstraZeneca in the middle of April, as health officials were in the process of reviewing the vaccine's link to very rare blood clots, and offered a similar message encouraging people to join B.C.'s immunization effort at the earliest opportunity.

AstraZeneca's image has been hurt by the slow pace of its vaccine production, but despite European Union dissatisfaction with the speed of deliveries the Commission still recommends the company's shots as effective protection against the coronavirus.

"To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, Ontarians should get vaccinated as soon as they can and book their second dose as soon as they are eligible".

NACI also updated its previous recommendation that people at high risk of exposure to, or serious illness from, COVID-19, could opt to get AstraZeneca rather than waiting for Pfizer or Moderna. Instead of the 300 million doses Europe sought by the end of September, the court ordered AstraZeneca to ship 80.2 million doses.

Second dose eligibility expanded in some regions
Brown indicating that early data suggests the risk of hospitalization when someone is infected with this variants is increased. Ontario's science advisory table released new projections on Thursday on the eve of the province's partial reopening.

"If you had AstraZeneca for your first dose, you can safely take either AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection", Alexandra Hilkene, a spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement.

Canada has been heavily criticized for buying three times as many doses of COVID-19 vaccine than it needs and not sharing any doses from its own direct purchase agreements with vaccine makers.

The joint statement says vaccines have undergone the strictest safety and quality control trials and have reached the exacting standards of safety, purity, and effectiveness. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Friday's ruling supported the EU's view that AstraZeneca had failed to meet its commitments.

While Masri called NACI's recommendation an excellent move, he advises people to take "the first second dose that is offered to them".

Saskatchewan's health-care system has experienced less strain since the introduction of vaccines.

Masri said the end goal is to get people fully vaccinated - regardless of the brand. He said those who are skeptical about vaccines should talk to their family doctor, or family and friends who have gotten theirs.

It says Australia's decision does not change the approach here in Fiji.

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