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Earlier, the European Union said the vaccine was “safe and effective” and British regulators said its use should continue, after reports of rare blood clots prompted over a dozen countries to suspend the use of the vaccine.

Posted by Karan Manral | Reuters

PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 08:56 AM IST

Canada’s health department on Thursday joined its European counterparts in backing AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine, saying the shots were not associated with an overall increase in blood clots.

“Health Canada confirms that the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in protecting Canadians from COVID-19 continue to outweigh the risks,” the regulator said in a statement.

“To date in Canada, there has been one report of a stroke that occurred in an individual following vaccination,” the regulator said. “This case has been assessed by Health Canada and determined not to be related to the vaccine.”

Earlier, the European Union said the vaccine was “safe and effective” and British regulators said its use should continue, after reports of rare blood clots prompted over a dozen countries to suspend the use of the vaccine.

Germany, France and other European nations have since announced plans to resume using the vaccine.

Health Canada also said it had assessed available data on the events and had determined the shot was not associated with an increase in the overall risk of blood clots.

The country is using AstraZeneca doses made at the Serum Institute of India. It has received 500,000 doses and expects to get 1.5 million more by May. (Reporting by Derek Francis in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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UK reports five cases of rare blood clots in 11 million AstraZeneca shots (REUTERS)

Posted by Karan Manral | Reuters

UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2021 10:50 PM IST

Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), meanwhile, said that use of the vaccine should continue.

The crisis over vaccine side effects is just one of many playing out in the effort to inoculate populations.(AP)
The crisis over vaccine side effects is just one of many playing out in the effort to inoculate populations.(AP)

Bloomberg

PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 09:51 PM IST

Several of Europe’s largest countries suspended use of Astra shots this month over reports of blood clotting, going against advice from the EMA and the World Health Organization.

Italy currently plans to triple the pace of inoculation to half million people per day by mid-April, reaching an 80% coverage by end-September.(AP file photo)
Italy currently plans to triple the pace of inoculation to half million people per day by mid-April, reaching an 80% coverage by end-September.(AP file photo)

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | Bloomberg

PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 05:48 PM IST

The premier, visiting the northern region of Lombardy, the original epicenter of the pandemic in Europe, said that the decision to suspend use of the vaccine taken by several countries was “temporary and precautionary.”

WHO Europe director Hans Kluge during a press conference.(AFP)
WHO Europe director Hans Kluge during a press conference.(AFP)

Reuters, London

PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 04:12 PM IST

WHO’s European director Hans Kluge said that, at this point in time, the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine far outweigh its risks.

AstraZeneca said on Sunday a review of safety data of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the United Kingdom and European Union with its vaccine had shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots.(REUTERS)
AstraZeneca said on Sunday a review of safety data of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the United Kingdom and European Union with its vaccine had shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots.(REUTERS)

Reuters

PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 04:02 PM IST

The announcement came a day after the World Health Organization backed the vaccine and as more than a dozen European countries have suspended the use of it amid concerns over the risk of blood clots.

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