Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clot fears - the key questions answered

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The coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has now been fully or partially suspended in a number of countries across Europe and Asia, following reports of blood clots in some recipients.

Both the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization have said there is no evidence that there is any link between the vaccine and blood clots and have urged people who have been offered the jab to get it. Here's a look at what we know - and what we don't.

"However, acting on the precautionary principle, and pending receipt of further information, the [National Immunisation Advisory Committee] has recommended the temporary deferral of the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca vaccination programme in Ireland". Germany's health ministry said the decision was taken as a precaution and on the advice of the national vaccine regulator, the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), which called for further investigation of the cases.

Authorities in Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands have suspended the use of the vaccine over clotting issues, while Austria stopped using a batch of AstraZeneca shots last week while investigating a death from coagulation disorders.

The manufacturer and Europe's medicines watchdog have also insisted that the vaccine is safe. That could lead to severe bleeding.

"We can't allow any doubts about the vaccine", Dutch Health minister Hugo de Jonge said.

AstraZeneca vaccinations make up 20% of the 590,000 shots administered among Ireland's 4.9 million population, mainly to healthcare workers after its use was not initially recommended for those over 70 and the company supplied far fewer vaccines to the European Union than agreed.

It said there was "no evidence of an increased risk" of blood clots in any age group or gender in any country.

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"The European Medicines Agency will decide whether and how the new findings will affect the approval of the vaccine", it added.

Indonesia received 1.1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday through the UN-backed distribution scheme Covax and sticks to the plan of continuing its use despite reports of blood clots in Europe after it was administered.

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She confirmed these cases were different to more scattered and rare reports of clotting from earlier in the week and said when the EMA and AstraZeneca looked at those cases, "the incidence was no greater than what you would expect in the population, so all of that was very reassuring". None were proven to have been caused by the vaccine.

But the various issues mean Astra will only be able to deliver about 100 million doses to the European Union in the first half of the year, it said Friday, about a third of the number originally planned. Experts say that could make it hard to determine whether a vaccine shot is responsible.

So why did they stop vaccination?

Indonesia authorised one of the world's first private vaccination programmes last month to run alongside its national drive, enabling firms to buy state-procured vaccines for their staff in the country.

At this point, there's been some major reputational damage for this particular vaccine. The shots are considered experimental because the vaccines were only developed in the past year, so there is no long-term data for any of them.

"People die every day, and we have more than 300 million people globally who have been immunized who will die of other causes", said Dr. Mariangela Simao, an assistant director-general at WHO. "Vaccination is providing vital protection from Covid-19". Health authorities across the mainland voiced concerns after some patients developed blood clots, which independent agencies have since concluded did not result from the jab.

"In fact, the reported numbers of these types of events for COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca are lower than the number that would have occurred naturally in the unvaccinated population".

Britain first authorized the vaccine based on partial results that suggested the shots were about 70 percent effective.

In other words, even if the vaccines arrive on schedule, 3.1 million people will not get their shots as scheduled under the ministry's timeline. Of this figure, 30 cases of "thromboembolic events" have been reported.

So what are experts telling people to do?

The Department of Health also said a "further expansion of the programme will be announced very shortly".

The president has made a decision to roll up his sleeves first partly in a bid to ease public concerns about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, he added.

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