Cases of rare blood clots identified after AstraZeneca Covid-19 jabs

Australia investigates possible link of blood clot case to vaccine

Thirty cases of rare blood clotting have been recorded in Britain among more than 18 million people who have had the AstraZeneca vaccination, the national medicines regulator said Friday.

Of these, it said it had received 22 reports of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and eight reports of other thrombosis events with low platelets.

Concern over the AstraZeneca vaccine has already prompted some countries including Canada, France, Germany and the Netherlands to restrict its use to older people.

This view is echoed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has urged countries to continue using the jab.

The European Medicines Agency said again Wednesday that it believed the vaccine was safe and that experts had not found any 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.

Professor Kidd said he wanted to reassure Australians the risk of contracting COVID-19 was "far greater" than contracting the "very small potential risk" of a rare blood clotting disorder as a side effect.

Ontario to begin 4-week lockdown Saturday across 34 public health units
In addition, Ford says the government is doing everything they can to keep kids in class. "This is a top priority", said Ford. Essential stores will remain open at 50 percent capacity and non-essential retail can operate at 25 percent capacity.

"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.

On Thursday, Britain identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events following use of the vaccine.

The most concerning symptom would be anaphylaxis, which is why people are monitored for about 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination.

The EMA regards the vaccine - which has been given to millions of people - as safe and effective, and is expected to announce updated advice about the jab next Wednesday.

"There were no reports for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine".

Pharmacist Mario Linaksita, right, administers the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Sharon Berringer, 56, at University Pharmacy, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The government has no plans to postpone the administering of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine despite reports of its side effects on recipients overseas, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

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