Citing the EU drug regulator’s warning a couple of uncommon however severe aspect impact of Vaxzevria, the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, Spain mentioned it will solely use it for adults over 60. This leaves some two million Spaniards in limbo.
Well being Minister Carolina Darias mentioned on Wednesday night that going ahead, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will solely be administered to individuals aged 60 and over. The choice was made after a digital assembly of regional well being ministers, following the announcement by the European Medicines Company (EMA) and an EU ministerial assembly on the topic.
Earlier within the day, the EMA mentioned Vaxzevria needs to be accompanied by a warning in regards to the threat of blood clots as one of many very uncommon unintended effects of the vaccine. Each healthcare professionals and recipients of the jab needs to be reminded that “uncommon blood clots with low blood platelets” stay a “very uncommon aspect impact,” EMA mentioned, however added that the advantages of the vaccine outweigh the related dangers.
Greater than two million Spaniards have already obtained their first dose of the Anglo-Swedish vaccine, whereas solely 97 have obtained the second, in response to well being ministry knowledge. Darias reportedly mentioned the federal government hasn’t determined the right way to transfer ahead on the difficulty and is ready for steering from the EU. Among the many choices thought of are utilizing one other vaccine for the follow-up, or leaving it at one dose solely.
EMA’s security committee reviewed 62 instances of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and 24 instances of splanchnic vein thrombosis in individuals who obtained the vaccine within the EU and the UK as of March 22. There have been a complete of 18 instances of deadly blood clotting among the many 25 million people who have obtained the vaccine throughout the UK and European Financial Space. Many of the reported instances of blood clots concerned ladies beneath 60, inside two weeks of being vaccinated.
South Korea has already suspended the usage of AstraZeneca’s vaccine for individuals beneath 60, forward of the EMA announcement. Within the UK, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) introduced on Wednesday that Britons between the age of 18 and 29 can be supplied an alternate vaccine.
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