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Sweden Temporarily Suspends Use Of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine : Coronavirus Updates

Dr Kate O'Brien, who heads WHO's department of immunisations and vaccines, said the United Nations health agency and the European Medicines Agency are trying to investigate the possibility of a link between blood clots and the AstraZeneca shots.

Therefore, the Ministry of Health chose to maintain the use of the Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine in accordance with the recommendation of the World Health Organization, the European Medicines Agency, and according to relevant data.

Dr Annelies Wilder-Smith, a technical adviser to the expert panel, noted that studies on the J&J vaccine involving some 42,000 people turned up 10 cases of blood clotting in the placebo group - slightly more than half of all participants - and 14 cases among those who were administered the vaccine. The review is being carried out by EMA's Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), the Committee responsible for the evaluation of safety issues for human medicines.

Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases physician and member of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine task force, said he's anxious that recommendation could also cause confusion and hesitancy.

Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, also pointed out the potential side effects of paracetamol to demonstrate why people shouldn't worry about the jab. The other two are made by the companies Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

And on Tuesday Brussels sealed a deal to step up deliveries of 10 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, now scheduled to arrive in the European Union before July rather than in the third quarter.

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Elsewhere in the Horn of Africa and East Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have also begun vaccinating against COVID-19. IN previously only allowed anyone aged 50 and older and those with at-risk health conditions to make vaccine appointments.

It is understood the NHS told the PM he would receive the AstraZeneca jab because of the public interest surrounding the vaccine, though it is unclear whether Downing Street specifically requested it. "This is a very unusual vaccine rollout". He said, "There are people who have concerns".

The safety committee was also looking at "serious thromboembolic events" from the UK, Cooke said.

But a new agreement for Germany's IDT Biologika to help produce the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine would offer Europe greater certainty, Germany's economy minister said Monday.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC) in Addis Ababa said it was reviewing its guidance on the AstraZeneca shot in an emergency meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The EMA underscored that while it was taking the allegations seriously, it is now unclear whether the link between the vaccine and the thrombosis cases was causal or coincidental.

But French immunologist Alain Fischer, who heads a government vaccination advisory board, said a higher number than normal of pulmonary embolisms - blood clots in the lungs - had caused alarm at the weekend. Vera Etches said the city would welcome AstraZeneca vaccines to speed up mass vaccination here. "If we get the death toll down in the third wave we all win".

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