France advises vaccine mixing for some, amid clotting fears

France advises vaccine mixing for some, amid clotting fears

By Associated Press PARIS: French health officials said Friday that people under 55 who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should get other vaccines for their second shot because of an extremely rare risk of a blood clotting disorder. Germany is expected to recommend a similar booster dose strategy for people under age 60. The World Health Organization says it’s too early to know whether to recommend such vaccine mixing, however, and the European Medicines Agency hasn’t advised putting any age restrictions on the use of the AstraZeneca…

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Australia to buy extra 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

Australia to buy extra 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

By Associated Press CANBERRA: Australia said Friday that it has finalized a deal to buy an extra 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine as it rapidly pivots away from its earlier plan to rely mainly on the AstraZeneca vaccine. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the deal just hours after saying Australia would stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 50. He said the deal means Australia will get a total of 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of the year, enough to inoculate…

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Philippines to temporarily suspend use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people below 60 years

Philippines to temporarily suspend use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people below 60 years

By Associated Press MANILA: Philippine health officials have decided to temporarily suspend the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people below 60 following reports of rare blood clots. The European Medicines Agency on Wednesday reported a possible link but did not recommend any age restrictions on using the drug in adults. The Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration said experts were reviewing information related to AstraZeneca’s side effects to come up with a recommendation on the vaccine’s use. ALSO READ | Australia halts AstraZeneca shots for under…

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EU plans to launch dispute settlement with AstraZeneca

EU plans to launch dispute settlement with AstraZeneca

By AFP BRUSSELS: The European Commission plans to launch the dispute settlement process in its coronavirus vaccine contract with pharma giant AstraZeneca, EU spokesmen said Thursday. Chief spokesman Eric Mamer said Brussels is waiting for the go ahead from EU member states to write to the firm to demand talks on its alleged failure to honour its contract. Mamer said the letter “will allow us to start a dialogue with the company as part of a dispute settlement process.” By its own admission, the British-Swedish company has fallen well short of…

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EU regulator 'convinced' AstraZeneca benefit outweighs risk

EU regulator 'convinced' AstraZeneca benefit outweighs risk

By PTI BRUSSELS: With coronavirus cases rising in many places, governments faced the grimmest of dilemmas Tuesday: push on with a vaccine that is known to save lives or suspend use of AstraZeneca over reports of dangerous blood clots in a few recipients, even as the European regulator said there was “no indication” the shot was responsible. It has created a jagged divide across the globe, forcing politicians to assess the health risks of halting the shots at a time when many countries, especially in Europe, are already struggling to…

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Germany ramps up use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

Germany ramps up use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

By Associated Press BERLIN: Germany is looking to ramp up the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after authorities last week gave the green light for it to be administered to people 65 and over. Hundreds of thousands of doses have been gathering dust in recent weeks due to the restrictions on who could get the vaccine and misgivings among some who were eligible. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Germany has received 2.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca shot so far but administered just 721,000. Berlin…

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South Africa to store COVID-19 vaccines from India at secret place to prevent theft, black marketing

South Africa to store COVID-19 vaccines from India at secret place to prevent theft, black marketing

By PTI JOHANNESBURG: The South African government will store the 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that it will receive from India in the next few weeks at a secret place because of the risk of theft for sale at black market prices, according to a media report. “The vaccines are a highly-rated commodity once they’re stolen and reach the black market,” Department of Health spokesperson Popo Maja told the weekly City Press on Sunday, adding that if this occurs, there is a risk that the prices of these illegally-obtained vaccines…

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