Separately, there have been reports of unexpected deaths among those who were inoculated with the UK-Swedish vaccine, raising grave concerns about about its general safety.
Taiwan's first vaccines - 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca shot - arrived on the island earlier this month, though they have yet to start being administered.
Meanwhile, during a Downing Street briefing on Thursday evening, Boris Johnson repeated his previous assertions that both vaccines now being administered by the National Health Service (NHS) are "safe and effective".
Maria Popova clarified that this concerns very rare cases of extremely specific syndromes, which include a small number of platelets and the formation of blood clots, with or without bleeding.
"The benefits of the vaccine in combating the still widespread threat of COVID-19 (which itself results in clotting problems and may be fatal) continue to outweigh the risk of side effects", it said, concluding what it called its "preliminary review". "The thing that isn't safe is catching COVID which is why it's so important that we all get our jabs as soon as our turn comes", Johnsonsaid at a news conference in Downing Street. Given the extremely rare rate of occurrence of these events, the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, with the latest data suggesting an 80% reduction in hospitalisation and death from COVID disease, far outweigh any possible risks of the vaccine in the risk groups now targeted in the UK.
Like his United Kingdom counterpart, French Prime Minister Jean Castex will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine in an effort to sway a doubtful French public.
In the United Kingdom, 5 possible cases of this have been reported to us so far, after 11 million doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.
"That is the variant we really do want to keep out of the United Kingdom". "So, when infection levels go up in France to say 30,000 cases a day, that implies that there is at least 1,500/2,000 cases a day of the South African variant".
A study published on Thursday by Oxford University suggested that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs could struggle against the South African variant and may end up offering limited protection.
Prof Ferguson said deaths in the United Kingdom were being driven down "at a faster rate then I ever thought possible, and that will allow us to open up, but opening up poses risks, particularly if there are variants around which can partially escape the vaccine".
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said: "This is incredibly reassuring, the processes are working, the safety monitoring that we all expect from our authorities is happening".
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.
"It's unrealistic to imagine the first dose rollout will be as fast because we'll have to catch up with the second doses".
There have been five cases - a rate of just one in one million people vaccinated - of the co-occurring conditions in the United Kingdom after vaccination.
Mr Dowden stressed that coronavirus "certificates", were being considered as a way of getting people back to larger events "in significant numbers", such as to sport venues and theatres.
The swelling from the vaccine could cause a false reading on a mammogram, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. He added there was "no clear pattern by age group" this week, however the number of outbreaks in school settings remains low.
The IRS this year began accepting 2020 returns as late as February 12 instead of its customary January start date, NBC News . The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons.
He replied: "I hope that happens because if that happened, I think I would have an even stronger feeling toward running". The 74-year-old himself received a vaccine while he was still president, however, it was not made public.
About an hour later and 30 miles away, Atlanta police responded to a report of a robbery at the Gold Spa in the city's northeast. She said that "Asian people are being scapegoated like they have for a century in this country", and that "This has to stop".
Mr Blinken said Washington hoped to see China uses its influence with North Korea to persuade it to give up its nuclear weapons. Trump had taken pride in forging what he saw as a strong relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
The Asian American community, she said, "has been facing a relentless increase in attacks and harassment over the past year". Less than an hour later, police were called to a "robbery in progress" at Gold Spa in north-east Atlanta.
Mr Morrison said giving vaccines to the country was the right thing to do and believed Australians would agree. Only 55,000 tests have been recorded from an estimated population of nine million people.
The police in the Buckhead neighbourhood of Atlanta found three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds at a spa around 5.50 pm. Three people were killed and two others injured at a massage parlour in Cherokee County late Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
Ford said that about 91,000 people have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at one of Ontario's drugstores. This would bring the total number of pharmacies participating in the vaccine rollout to 700.
Capitol was arrested, but the man appears to have been outside the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington , D.C. A Texas intelligence agency alerted federal partners Wednesday that Murray might have been in Washington D.C.
U-S Says Yes To Canada For Vaccine Help
The expectation is that as part of agreement, Canada and Mexico would pay the USA back with doses in return, in the months ahead. Brian Higgins is cheering news of a White House plan to lend Canada 1.5 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine .
Family, employer call on China to release two Canadians
Meng, the daughter of the founder of Huawei, remains free on bail in Canada while her case winds its way through the courts. Canada said its consular officials were not given permission to attend the proceedings despite several requests.
Integrated review: United Kingdom nuclear stockpile to increase
The potential deployment of Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier's is also expected to raise military tensions in the South China Sea. The prime minister stressed that he favored a more "balanced" approach, and warned against a "Cold War mentality" against China.