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Netherlands also halts use of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Netherlands also halts use of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine”

Canada now has four vaccines that are approved for emergency use here: the ones made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca.

Trudeau said regulators are "following what has been happening with a specific batch used in Europe".

AstraZeneca's chief medical officer Ann Taylor said the number of cases of blood clots reported is lower than the hundreds of cases that would be expected among the general population.

"You have to be very careful because it's also sending a message that there could be something very wrong with the vaccine when in fact, it's very unlikely that there is", she said. "We have to make sure everything is right, so it is wise to pause for now".

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.

Other centres in Montreal are seeing people decline the vaccine as well.

Health authorities had scheduled around 290,000 AstraZeneca injections in the coming two weeks.

Carl Theriault, a spokesperson for CIUSSS West Central Montreal, said the vaccine is safe for use.

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"It is important to remember that this vaccine was approved by Health Canada", he wrote in a statement to CTV Montreal.

There have been 4,534 COVID-19-related deaths in Ireland. Fauci told news talk shows he believes the USA will have enough doses of vaccine by the end of May so that any American who wants a shot will be able to get one. He turned 65 last week. After seeing some of the reports from Europe, he said he didn't want to take a chance. "So I would say, you know, it's not entirely clear if there's an association", he explained. "I don't want to take that vaccine at all".

Additionally, Indonesia announced that it will delay administering AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine due to reports of blood clots among some recipients in Europe and will await a review from the WHO, according to the Indonesian health minister.

He said the suspension should not delay any planned easing of coronavirus restrictions. "I really hope that doesn't happen, but I think we would be foolish not to plan for that just in case, and so planning is happening", he said. "That is how we get through this as quickly as possible and as safely as possible".

AstraZeneca denied Sunday any evidence of increased risk of blood clots due to their jab, adding that they had conducted a review covering roughly 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom which had shown no evidence of blood clots.

The European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization have also said that the data does not suggest the vaccine caused the clots and that people should continue to be immunized. With so many people being vaccinated, Collins said, some are bound to experience a blood clot around the same time they receive a vaccine.

Vaccinations are a key tool to end the worst of a pandemic that has killed more than 2.6 million people since it emerged in China in late 2019.



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