Oxford professor seeks to reassure public over AstraZeneca Covid vaccine
Oxford professor seeks to reassure public over AstraZeneca Covid vaccine
Coronavirus Northern Ireland: One further death and 121 new cases reported
15 March, 2021, 20:51
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine is safe and Canadians should have no concerns about receiving it, after almost a dozen European countries suspended its use over concerns about blood clots.
The drugmaker said there has been 15 cases of deep vein thrombosis and 22 of pulmonary embolism in that group up to last week.
Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Iceland and Thailand have all temporarily suspended their use of the AstraZeneca jab.
However, the incidence of blood clots in the general population is common, says Anne Gulland, The Telegraph's Deputy Global Health Editor, adding that "all of the experts globally are saying there's no link between an increased risk of blood clotting and the AstraZeneca vaccine".
"But given the large number of doses administered, and the frequency at which blood clots can occur naturally, the evidence available does not suggest the vaccine is the cause", a spokesperson said.
The people affected by the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be healthcare workers and the category of people aged 16-69 who have high-risk conditions, category 4, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly told RTÉ's Morning Ireland today.
European Medicines Agency has said there is no indication that the events were caused by the vaccination, a view that was echoed by the World Health Organisation on Friday.
Some doctors pointed out that since vaccination campaigns started by giving doses to the most vulnerable people, those now being immunized are more likely to already have health problems.
Denmark was the first country to halt its use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine last week after reports of blood clots in some people, including one person who developed multiple clots and died 10 days after receiving at least one dose.
The EMA on Thursday advised that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks, and did not recommend suspending its use while investigation into thromboembolic events are ongoing. "That's how we get through this as quickly as possible and as safely as possible".
"We have made huge progress in the United Kingdom in relation to the vaccine, so it is important that people continue to do that so we can leave lockdown in the rearview mirror and we can move on with our lives".
Italy and Austria have stopped using certain batches of the drug as a precautionary measure.
"The European Union has taken clear commitments with pharmaceutical companies and we expect they will be respected", Draghi said. The shots are considered experimental because the vaccines were only developed in the a year ago, so there is no long-term data for any of them.
Prof McConkey said getting regular exercise is a good way of preventing clots, for people who may have taken the vaccine and are anxious about this latest development. In addition, there were four reports of severe blood clots or brain hemorrhage, including one death, in younger people.
The U.K. has administered more than 25 million vaccine doses - many of those being the Astra shot - without raising any alarms over clotting.
The NIAC made its recommendation following a notification from the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) on Saturday of a new safety alert regarding the vaccine.
In a March 7 YouGov survey, perceptions in European Union countries of the safety of the shot from Astra and the University of Oxford were lower compared with vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE, and Moderna Inc.
"There were some of these very serious ones but they seemed very scattered and rare and there were other things that may have explained it as well".
The Japan Ministry of Health last Friday said it detected a new coronavirus variant in a traveler from the Philippines . The variant, which was first found in Manaus, Brazil, appears to be more contagious than other COVID-19 strains.
Cuomo, even if he continues to ensure that he can continue to rule while awaiting the results of the allegations investigations. As he made abundantly clear during a press conference earlier today, Andrew Cuomo clearly has no plans to resign.
Cuomo has apologized for his past behaviors, but has dismissed calls for him to resign . "Governor Cuomo should resign". The governor said that he would not bow down to "cancel culture", in which a person is subjected to ostracization.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the four leaders would also discuss "economic cooperation and ... the climate crisis". The four Quad member countries have been highlighting their resolve to uphold a rules-based worldwide order in the Indo-Pacific.
The spending bill, one of the largest in United States history, passed Congress without a single Republican supporter. President Joe Biden is set to order U.S. states to make all adults eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations.
Severe weather, including the possibility of strong tornadoes across the central and southern plains, is also expected. Officials in Denver, Colorado, have canceled thousands of flights over the weekend due to a severe winter storm.
However, any region that reports over 250 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents weekly will automatically be forced into lockdown. He added: "The memory of what happened last spring is vivid, and we will do everything to prevent it from happening again".
Across most of the Lower 48 states, those early winter sunsets before 5 p.m. would become a thing of the past. That's when we "fall back", or turn the clocks back one hour and "gain" that hour of sleep back.
Americans waiting for the arrival of the third round of stimulus payments can use the IRS Get My Payment tool to track its status. Individuals earning up to $75,000 would get the full payments, as would married couples with incomes up to $150,000.
Met police's assistant commissioner in a statement said officers were "faced with a very hard decision", during the vigil. The police, crime, sentencing and courts bill was also a focal point, which people chanted their opposition.
Trump, it was later revealed, acknowledged that he had been deliberately "playing down" the threat of the virus. President Joe Biden is set to order USA states to make all adults eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations.
Khan, Patel rebuke Met chief over vigil policing
The Metropolitan Police later said four people were arrested for public order and coronavirus regulation breaches. While many were grateful to see the mom-of-three honoring Everard, others were not too happy with how she did.
Your $1,400 Stimulus Check Could Arrive This Weekend
To ensure the website is verified, visit the IRS Free File online options website and explore which option will work best for you. About 90 percent of US households will be eligible for the latest round of stimulus payments, according to CNN .
What are the new guidelines for nursing home visits?
When the first vaccinations in the USA started in mid-December, nursing homes were put at the top of the priority list. The new guidance comes after nursing home residents and staff received priority in receiving COVID-19 vaccination.
Minneapolis to pay $27M to settle Floyd family lawsuit
Asked how the events of last summer had affected the community, she replied: "Negatively affected because a life was taken". Judge Peter Cahill has set aside about three weeks for jury selection in the high-profile case.
19 new COVID-19 cases found in Vancouver Island region
As we mark one year of living through the COVID-19 pandemic in Vancouver, we're taking a look back at the year that was in photos. This brings the total number of outbreaks in long-term care, assisted and independent living down to nine in B.C.