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New study assesses rare blood clot link to Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

New study assesses rare blood clot link to Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine”

The risk of blood clots after the Oxford jab is "small" with people three times more likely to die if they have not had the vaccine, a study has found.

The advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation marks an extension to existing guidance where those aged under 30 were given a choice of COVID-19 jab over blood clotting concerns.

A spokeswoman from Britain's Health Department said on Thursday that the position of the JCVI and medicines regulator MHRA "continues to be that the benefits of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of adults".

"Any vaccine offered early is preferable to a vaccine offered too late", said Wei Shen Lim, who chairs the JCVI, an expert body that advises the government.

Henry said she's aware that many people have already received the AstraZeneca vaccine in BC to date, and called it an "important part" of the province's vaccination program.

Dr Richardson added that the target of offering a first dose to every adult by the end of July would still be met, despite the changing advice.

Using national health records, researchers identified rates of events, such as heart attacks, strokes, deep vein blood clots and bleeding events within 28 days of receiving a first vaccine dose and compared these with expected rates in the general populations of Denmark and Norway.

Three potential vaccines have emerged as frontrunners in recent weeks. Pic John Cairns  University of Oxford  PA Wire
Three potential vaccines have emerged as frontrunners in recent weeks. Pic John Cairns University of Oxford PA Wire

Up to April 28, Britain's medicines regulator had received 242 reports of blood clots accompanied by low platelet count - a condition known as vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) - in people who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine, out of 28.5 million doses given.

The first consignment of around 1.238 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, codenamed AZD1222 through COVAX facility would be landing at the Islamabad International Airport on Saturday, May 08, 2021, federal government officials told The News.

Of these cases there had been 49 deaths.

As India grapples with a deadly surge in its COVID-19 caseload - the country is posting more than 400,000 new cases a day - its government has restricted virtually all exports of Serum Institute-made shots, diverting most of the 2.4 million doses the institute churns out each day to the domestic vaccination campaign.

"The rollout of the programme in Wales is going fantastically well", she said.

Quach said NACI was only saying that with shorter waits for Moderna or Pfizer, younger people living in regions where COVID-19 infections are low, should look at whether they want to wait a bit longer for a vaccine.

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