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Strain grows on Authorities to overview use of AstraZeneca vaccines

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The Authorities is more likely to come underneath strain on Thursday to overview the utilization of the AstraZeneca vaccine after the European medicines regulator stated uncommon blood clots have been “a really uncommon” side-effect of the drug and several other EU nations and the UK restricted its use.

On Wednesday, the European Medicines Company concluded that uncommon blood clots have been associated to make use of of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, however the company added that the well being advantages of the safety it offers from Covid-19 outweigh the dangers.

Minister for Well being Stephen Donnelly mentioned the problem at a gathering along with his EU counterparts and he’s anticipated to overview the place with the deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn on Thursday morning.

The Well being Merchandise Regulatory Authority stated on Wednesday evening it was reviewing reviews of 18 blood clots or occasions probably related to blood clots as side-effects from the AstraZeneca jab out of greater than 204,000 doses given to date within the State however “none are of the character of the very uncommon blood clots of concern”.

The Nationwide Immunisation Advisory Committee may even meet on Thursday to contemplate the EMA discovering. Whereas the recommendation on using the vaccine stays unchanged, there’s rising expectation that the general public well being officers could also be swayed by any adjustments in steerage in different EU nations in response to the EU medicines regulator’s discovering.

UK steerage

The UK abruptly modified steerage over using the AstraZeneca jab, recommending that folks aged underneath 30 must be given an alternate vaccine.

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