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Conrad Doyle | 01 April, 2021, 21:26

"The situation is serious, more serious than many believe", they wrote.

Despite the EMA endorsement, a number of countries have placed further restrictions on the use of the jab, limiting it for only certain age groups.

Across Ontario, almost 2,600 new cases were reported for the first time in more than two months.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the province had to act quickly after concerns about rare blood clots prompted the National Advisory Committee on Immunization on Monday to pause the use of the vaccine for anyone under 55.

She said that the possible ratio of CVST adverse reactions "for the AZ vaccine based on spontaneous reporting in the EEA, it's 4.8 cases per million".

"It may be that we should re-assign vaccine that was meant for them in the strict age-based approach to other people who are younger and in the transmission chains".

Earlier this month, the European Medicines Agency concluded the AstraZeneca shot did not raise the overall risk of blood clots but could not rule out a link to rare clots and recommended a new warning be added to the vaccine's leaflet.

"The day we got our shots this big weight was lifted off of us, we're that much closer to being back to normal and that's important", said Pelke.

In February, Vietnam received about 117,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses of the 30 million doses it has ordered from the producer, and started its mass vaccination campaign on March 8.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has had something of a rollercoaster ride. That was probably predictable given the vein of science denial that runs through the party.

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German health officials have now agreed to only give the vaccine to people aged 60 or older. Pic Michael Kappeler Pool via AP

However, he said during the conference that there is no issue with people receiving their first shot from this tranche of COVAX vaccines and receiving their second shot from another batch, as long as it is the same vaccine. It's the AstraZeneca brand manufactured in the United Kingdom that has produced some of the adverse side effects.

Today marks retired Gen. Rick Hillier's last as head of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine distribution task force.

More concerning to her is misplaced fear about vaccines in general, she said.

The condition tends to occur between four and 16 days after vaccination. Advice to doctors in the meantime is that each case will require consultation with a hematologist.

An EMA review covering 20 million people who took the AstraZeneca shot in Britain and the European Economic Area found seven cases of blood clots in multiple blood vessels and 18 cases of CVST.

India, however, gifted 3.2 million doses of the shot to Bangladesh in two phases.

There isn't any room at Sion Hospital in India's megacity, Mumbai - approximately all 500 beds reserved for COVID-19 patients are occupied.

"The rate of our progress in curbing COVID-19 in Canada, however, is subject to a mix of variables". One in 100 Canadians who get COVID-19 end up needing intensive care. According to a budget released last month, the organization said COVAX was "on track to hit its target of supplying at least 2 billion vaccine doses in 2021".

While AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine is yet to be approved in the United States, the USA government is holding on to some of the doses being produced there so they can be given to Americans quickly upon approval.

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