Ireland Joins List Of Countries Pausing Use Of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

A pharmacist prepares to administer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a community vaccination center in London on Friday.

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A pharmacist prepares to administer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a neighborhood vaccination center in London on Friday.

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” The decision to briefly suspend usage of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine was based upon new info from Norway that emerged late last night,” Stephen Donnelly, Irelands Health Minister, stated in a tweet Sunday. “This is a precautionary action.”

Irelands department of health decided to defer its rollout of the vaccine despite the fact that “it has actually not been concluded that there is any link in between the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and these cases” of blood clot, said Dr. Ronan Glynn, the departments deputy chief medical officer, in a declaration.

The Norwegian Medicines Agency reported that a number of more youthful immunized people experienced bleeding under the skin after getting the shot. In addition, there were four reports of serious embolism or brain hemorrhage, including one death, in younger people.

The European Medicines Agency is investigating reports of clotting events in individuals who got the AstraZeneca vaccine. The agency prepares to report on its findings within a few days.

“There are some percentage of people who are going to get embolism anyhow,” Dr. Seema Yasmin, an epidemiologist and medical assistant professor at Stanford, told NPRs Here & & Now on Friday. So it makes good sense that the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization continue to support the vaccines use, Yasmin stated.

Unusual clotting can produce embolism that cause strokes, heart attacks and other potentially fatal health events. It can also trigger unrestrained bleeding in the brain and in other places.

Specialists state its not clear whether the vaccine can be blamed for any of the clotting problems in people who had been just recently vaccinated.

“Truly, the benefits exceed the threats,” she said.

Irelands National Immunisation Advisory Committee suggested postponing the AstraZeneca vaccine after knowing of 4 brand-new “severe blood clot occasions” following vaccination among individuals in Norway.

The move comes after countries consisting of Italy, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Latvia suspended, delayed or limited rollout of the vaccine over safety issues.

In the meantime, both that firm and the WHO continue to support usage of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The AstraZeneca vaccine, made in conjunction with the University of Oxford, is not approved in the U.S. But it is used commonly in Europe, and about 117,000 dosages have been administered in Ireland– primarily to frontline healthcare workers.

Ireland has actually momentarily suspended administration of a COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca following reports of irregular blood clot in numerous people.