Netherlands, Ireland Join 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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Irelands Department of Health decided to postpone its rollout of the vaccine even though “it has actually not been concluded that there is any link between the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and these cases” of blood clotting, said Dr. Ronan Glynn, the departments deputy chief medical officer, in a statement.

“Truly, the advantages surpass the dangers,” she stated.

Far, there are no reports from Dutch authorities of comparable clotting taking place in patients who have actually received the vaccine.

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

The Netherlands and Ireland have signed up with a number of other countries in momentarily suspending administration of a COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca after reports of abnormal blood clotting in a number of people.

The European Medicines Agency is examining reports of clotting events in individuals who got the AstraZeneca vaccine. The firm plans to report on its findings within a couple of days.

” The choice to momentarily suspend usage of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine was based on new information from Norway that emerged late last night,” Stephen Donnelly, Irelands health minister, stated in a tweet Sunday. “This is a precautionary step.”

On the other hand, in Thailand authorities revealed a strategy to restart vaccinations using the AstraZeneca shots as soon as Tuesday, following a short pause last week. Thailand was the first country beyond Europe to stop utilizing the vaccine following safety issues.

“There are some percentage of individuals who are going to get blood embolisms anyhow,” Dr. Seema Yasmin, an epidemiologist and scientific assistant professor at Stanford University, informed NPRs Here & & Now on Friday. So it makes sense that the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization continue to support the vaccines use, Yasmin said.

The Dutch Medicines Authority recommended government officials that new details tied to safety concerns of the vaccine was found over the weekend. Pending more investigation of these claims, the country is pausing the administration of the shots, the firm said. All pending visits to get the shot have been canceled.

Updated on March 15 at 6 a.m. ET

The AstraZeneca vaccine, made in combination with the University of Oxford, is not authorized in the United States. It is utilized widely in Europe, and about 117,000 doses have actually been administered in Ireland– mostly to front-line health care employees.

The move follows countries consisting of Italy, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Latvia suspended, postponed or restricted rollout of the vaccine over security concerns.

The Dutch government stated Sunday night that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine would not be utilized in the nation until a minimum of March 28. Authorities in Ireland stated earlier that day that they had actually briefly suspended the shot as a preventive measure.

Abnormal clotting can produce blood clots that trigger strokes, cardiovascular disease and other potentially deadly health occasions. It can likewise cause unchecked bleeding in the brain and somewhere else.

The Norwegian Medicines Agency reported that numerous more youthful vaccinated people experienced bleeding under the skin after getting the shot. In addition, there were 4 reports of extreme embolism or brain hemorrhage, including one death, in more youthful people.

Specialists say its not clear whether the vaccine can be blamed for any of the clotting issues in individuals who had actually been recently immunized.

Irelands National Immunisation Advisory Committee advised delaying the AstraZeneca vaccine after knowing of 4 brand-new “serious blood clotting occasions” following vaccination amongst people in Norway.