Tuesday, 26 October, 2021


Canada reports first blood clot possibly linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

A man receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago on April 6. | AFP-JIJI A man receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago on April 6. | AFP-JIJI
Hannah Rogers | 14 April, 2021, 16:08

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the Chief Medical Officers of Health continue to recommend pausing the use of the vaccine in adults under the age of 55 pending the results of the review.

As a result, many countries suspended use of the drug as investigations continued.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated that doses of this vaccine are expect to arrive at the end of April.

Australia began vaccinations much later than some other countries due to low COVID-19 case numbers, recording just over 29,400 infections since the pandemic began.

The United Kingdom has found the overall risk of these rare blood clots was approximately one in 250,000 people who received the vaccine.

Canada continues to expect its first shipment of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines at month's end despite USA and European Union pauses over blood clot fears, officials said Tuesday, while also announcing a first Canadian clotting case linked to the AstraZeneca jab.

People receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a high school in Houston last month. | GO NAKAMURA  THE NEW YORK TIMES
People receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a high school in Houston last month. | GO NAKAMURA THE NEW YORK TIMES

People under 60 in Germany who were given the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose will switch to a different vaccine for the second dose, German federal and state health ministers have decided.

All six cases occurred among women ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination, according to Dr Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

Health Canada asked AstraZeneca for a full risk assessment of its vaccine after reports of similar clots in Europe but says the side effect is extremely rare and the vaccine's benefits still outweigh its risks.

People who have already received their first AstraZeneca dose will "later receive an invitation to vaccination with another vaccine", the authority said.

So far, more than 19 per cent of Canadians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while the Australian government says it has given shots to almost 1.18 million people, or 4.5 per cent of its population.

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