AstraZeneca: Who is using the anti-COVID jab, and who is not

AstraZeneca: Who is using the anti-COVID jab, and who is not

By AFP The AstraZeneca vaccine’s rollercoaster ride has taken another twist with a growing list of countries restricting its use over “very rare” blood clots. While Britain, whose Oxford University developed it, now no longer recommends it for the under 30s, South Africa has rejected it outright.   Nevertheless, the vaccine is still the most widely used in the world and remains cheaper and easier to store than its competitors.  It has already been given in some 111 countries — more than its competitors Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna put together —…

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EU drug regulator confirms AstraZeneca blood clot link but says COVID jab still safe

EU drug regulator confirms AstraZeneca blood clot link but says COVID jab still safe

By AFP HAGUE: The EU’s drug regulator said Wednesday that blood clots should be listed as a “very rare” side effect of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine but that the jab’s benefits continue to outweigh the risks. No specific risk factors, including age, have been identified for thrombosis with the AstraZeneca shot, which could stem from an immune response, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said. But the watchdog faced questions about its findings as several European countries have discouraged the use of the vaccine in younger people due to the clots,…

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COVID-19: Mexico grants authorisation for emergency use of India-produced Covaxin

COVID-19: Mexico grants authorisation for emergency use of India-produced Covaxin

By ANI MEXICO CITY: The Mexico Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risk (Cofepris) on Wednesday has granted authorization for the emergency use of India’s first domestically-produced COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin. “The decision by Cofepris to authorize the emergency use of the Covaxin vaccine produced in India was made very timely. Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccination opportunities are expanding,” Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said in a tweet. Muy oportuna decisión de COFEPRIS de autorizar el uso de emergencia de la vacuna COVAXINE fabricada en la India . Se amplían las opciones…

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AstraZeneca UK vaccine trial in children paused as clot link probed

AstraZeneca UK vaccine trial in children paused as clot link probed

By AFP A British trial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on children has been paused, Oxford University said Tuesday, as global regulators rush to assess its possible link to rare blood clots in adults. The university, which helped develop the embattled vaccine, said in a statement that there were “no safety concerns” in the trial, but acknowledged fears over a potential link to clots by saying that it was awaiting additional data from Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) before restarting the study. “Parents and children should continue to attend…

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COVID-19: Pakistan to vaccinate 80-year-olds and above at their homes

COVID-19: Pakistan to vaccinate 80-year-olds and above at their homes

By PTI ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will administer COVID-19 vaccines to citizens 80 years of age and above at their homes, as the country battles a fresh wave of the coronavirus. In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Health Services said Pakistan reported 103 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, while the number of new cases was 3,953 in the same period. This was the smallest rise in daily new infections since March 25, when 4,368 new cases were reported. On April 1, 5,234 new cases were reported. The…

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Kenya stops private importation of COVID-19 vaccines

Kenya stops private importation of COVID-19 vaccines

By PTI NAIROBI: Kenya has ordered an immediate suspension on private importations of vaccines citing fears that it may lead to counterfeit inoculations getting into the country. “To ensure the transparency and accountability in the vaccination process, and to protect the integrity of the country, the government is effective today closing the window of private sector importation, distribution and administration of vaccines, until such a time there is greater transparency and accountability in the entire process,” a statement by the National Emergency Response Committee on the coronavirus said Friday evening.…

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Top UN officials express gratitude to India for gift of 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses

Top UN officials express gratitude to India for gift of 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses

By PTI UNITED NATIONS: Top United Nations officials, including the UN peacekeeping chief, have expressed gratitude to India for its gift of 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for peacekeepers, saying the donation will enable the Blue Helmets to continue their life-saving work in a safe manner. The 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, announced as a gift by India for UN peacekeepers, left Mumbai in the early hours of Saturday and will arrive at Copenhagen, Denmark. They will then be distributed to all UN peacekeeping missions. Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix…

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EU medicines regulator approves new vaccine production sites

EU medicines regulator approves new vaccine production sites

By Associated Press LONDON: The European Union’s medicines regulator on Friday said it has approved new manufacturing sites for coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca, in a move that could significantly boost Europe’s supply of the shots and speed vaccination efforts across the continent. The European Medicines Agency said in a statement that it had approved sites in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland for the COVID-19 vaccines made by the companies. The new approvals come amid the 27-nation bloc’s struggles to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination and repeated delivery…

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