Published: Thu, April 01, 2021
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Germany to restrict AstraZeneca use in under-60s amid clots fear

Germany to restrict AstraZeneca use in under-60s amid clots fear

People who take the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine may have to pray that the second shipment is not delayed in any way.

Numerous health authorities in Germany declared they were once more suspending the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for people under 60 years old amid new reports of atypical blood clots in recent recipients of the shots, according to an initial report from the German news service Zeit Online.

Dr. Birinder Narang, a family physician and vice-chair of the Burnaby Division of Family Practice board, said he was excited about the demand, amid concerns about hesitancy toward the AstraZeneca vaccine. "I think that's pretty impressive".

The EMA has launched a review of the product, which is a crucial step toward its potential clearance for use in the European Union, and when asked last week about Sputnik V, Merkel said: "I have been of the opinion for some time that we should use any vaccine that has been approved by the European medicines regulator".

Also, the provinces are administering the COVISHIELD version of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is made in India.

The latest restrictions amounted to a new setback for the vaccine developed by the Anglo-Swedish laboratory.

There have been 320 new confirmed cases that are variants of concern in B.C. for a total of 2,553 cases.

Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry says the vaccine is effective and urges Lower Mainlanders to take advantage of the ability to get vaccinated early.

"In this era of shortage of vaccines, he is claiming he has access to 110 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines lying down in an airport", he said.

Scenes like these played out across B.C.'s Lower Mainland on Wednesday, the first day residents between the ages of 55 and 65 in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions were able to book an appointment to receive the vaccine.

Meanwhile, Mr Khairy also said as more countries are starting to give special exemptions to individuals who have been fully vaccinated, the government was considering coming up with similar initiatives.

Spahn called on people who already have appointments at vaccination centres to keep them.

The two batches are part of the contract for 13 million people.

London Drugs issued a statement Wednesday saying when the B.C. government announced the vaccines would be available at pharmacies, their phones "began ringing off the hook".

AstraZeneca, an Anglo-Swedish company, said earlier in March its vaccine was 76% effective in preventing symptomatic coronavirus infections in a US trial, and that studies did not indicate higher risks of clotting.

Reimer added that the risk of having a severe outcome related to COVID for those over the age of 55 is much greater than the risk for younger Manitobans.

Vaccines are now available for anyone 73 and older, Indigenous people over 18 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

The presidential office said in a statement that President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is 65, received his first shot at a hospital in Berlin on Thursday.

"Right now, we are waiting on Health Canada's recommendations to determine what adjustments we may need to make to this immunization stream, as a result of the safety signal for those under 55".

The country also wants to cooperate with India and Russian Federation to develop Covid-19 vaccines and asked for China's help to inoculate prioritized groups, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said Wednesday.

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