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AstraZeneca vaccine: Eire halts use of Covid-19 vaccine following blood clot studies in Norway

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The Norwegian Medicines Company on Saturday stated there have been 4 new instances of great blood clotting in adults after taking the vaccine.

The Irish Nationwide Immunization Advisory Committee (NIAC) made the directive as a precaution although it “has not been concluded that there’s any hyperlink between the AstraZeneca vaccine and these instances,” it stated in a press release.

Eire’s NIAC is about to fulfill once more Sunday to additional focus on the suspension of the vaccine, it added.

Eire is the newest within the string of European nations who’ve determined to partially or totally droop the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine following studies of sufferers creating blood clots after inoculations.

Well being authorities in Austria have been the primary to sound the alarm on the potential risks of the vaccine, suspending on Tuesday one batch of doses.

Italy on Friday banned the usage of vaccines from a selected batch of AstraZeneca doses following the dying of a serviceman in Sicily, who had died of cardiac arrest sooner or later after receiving his first dose of the vaccine.

Denmark nevertheless on Thursday grew to become the primary European nation to briefly droop all the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The European Union’s medicines regulator, the EMA, is presently investigating whether or not the shot could possibly be linked to quite a few studies of blood clots.

AstraZeneca has robustly defended its vaccine, saying in a press release Sunday that there have been no confirmed high quality points for any batch of the vaccine, and “no proof of an elevated danger of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or thrombocytopenia” for individuals who had acquired it.

Ann Taylor, the corporate’s chief medical officer, was quoted within the assertion saying, “Round 17 million folks within the EU and UK have now acquired our vaccine, and the variety of instances of blood clots reported on this group is decrease than the tons of of instances that may be anticipated among the many normal inhabitants.”

“The character of the pandemic has led to elevated consideration in particular person instances and we’re going past the usual practices for security monitoring of licensed medicines in reporting vaccine occasions, to make sure public security,” she additionally stated.

European and UK medicines regulators have additionally stated the hyperlink between the vaccine and blood clots has not been confirmed and that rollouts ought to proceed.

“There’s presently no indication that vaccination has triggered these situations, which aren’t listed as uncomfortable side effects with this vaccine,” the EMA stated in a press release on Thursday.

Up to now over 110,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered in Eire, accounting for roughly 20% of all doses within the nation in keeping with state broadcaster RTÉ.

Niamh Kennedy reported from Dublin and Lindsay Isaac reported from London.

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