AstraZeneca vaccine: Ireland halts use of Covid-19 vaccine following blood clot reports in Norway

The Norwegian Medicines Company on Saturday stated there were 4 brand-new cases of severe blood clot in grownups after taking the vaccine.

The Irish National Immunization Advisory Committee (NIAC) made the regulation as a safety measure though it “has not been concluded that there is any link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and these cases,” it stated in a declaration.

Ireland’s NIAC is set to reunite Sunday to even more talk about the suspension of the vaccine, it included.

Ireland is the current in the string of European nations who have actually chosen to partly or completely suspend the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine following reports of clients establishing embolism after shots.

Health authorities in Austria were the very first to sound the alarm on the possible threats of the vaccine, suspending on Tuesday one batch of dosages.

Italy on Friday prohibited using vaccines from a particular batch of AstraZeneca dosages following the death of a serviceman in Sicily, who had actually passed away of heart attack one day after getting his very first dosage of the vaccine.

Denmark nevertheless on Thursday ended up being the very first European nation to briefly suspend the whole rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The European Union’s medications regulator, the EMA, is presently examining whether the shot might be connected to a variety of reports of embolism.

AstraZeneca has actually robustly protected its vaccine, stating in a declaration Sunday that there were no validated quality concerns for any batch of the vaccine, and “no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or thrombocytopenia” for individuals who had actually gotten it.

Ann Taylor, the business’s primary medical officer, was priced quote in the declaration stating, “Around 17 million people in the EU and UK have now received our vaccine, and the number of cases of blood clots reported in this group is lower than the hundreds of cases that would be expected among the general population.”

“The nature of the pandemic has led to increased attention in individual cases and we are going beyond the standard practices for safety monitoring of licensed medicines in reporting vaccine events, to ensure public safety,” she likewise stated.

European and UK medications regulators have likewise stated the link in between the vaccine and embolism has actually not been validated which rollouts must continue.

“There is currently no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions, which are not listed as side effects with this vaccine,” the EMA stated in a declaration on Thursday.

Up until now over 110,000 dosages of the AstraZeneca vaccine have actually been administered in Ireland, representing approximately 20% of all dosages in the nation according to state broadcaster RTÉ.

Niamh Kennedy reported from Dublin and Lindsay Isaac reported from London.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.