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Australia probes if blood clot case linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

Australia probes if blood clot case linked to AstraZeneca vaccine”

It had no similar reports from people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has been used in about 11 million vaccinations. It did not disclose any information about their ages or health conditions.

Despite the increasing evidence of a small link between the AstraZeneca jab and blood clots, there has been no evidence of reduced takeup among the British population. The country has had one of the fastest vaccine rollouts in the world, and as of Thursday, 31.1 million people have received at least one dose of vaccine - mostly the AstraZeneca jab.

Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb, a Dutch organization that monitors vaccine side effects, said it had received five reports of blood clots andlow blood platelet counts following vaccinations.

"The benefits in preventing a Covid-19 infection and its complications continue to outweigh any risks and the public should continue to get their vaccine when invited to do so", dpa news agency quoted June Raine, Chief Executive of the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA), as saying.

In March, more than a dozen countries, mostly in Europe, temporarily suspended the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine after possible links to the rare blood clots emerged.

The UK, which has rolled out coronavirus vaccines faster than other European nations, is particularly reliant on the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was developed by scientists at the University of Oxford.

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The blood clot case will also be examined by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Saturday to determine whether it could be linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Yesterday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Drug Control Authority (DCA) had agreed to approve the conditional registration of the Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca Solution for Injection, to be supplied through the Covax facility by South Korean manufacturer SK Bioscience Co Ltd, for use during an emergency.

The EMA said again on Wednesday it believes the vaccine is safe and that experts have found no specific risk factors such as age, gender or medical history.

Michael Kidd, said, however, that the blood clotting case is "likely" related to the vaccine.

"A careful review of all available safety data of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union and United Kingdom with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca has shown no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or thrombocytopenia, in any defined age group, gender, batch or in any particular country", the company had said.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures after receiving the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine administered by nurse and Clinical Pod Lead, Lily Harrington at St.Thomas' Hospital in London, England.



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