Taiwan clears AstraZeneca vaccines, shots may start next week

Saturday, 20 Mar, 2021

Almost seven million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Africa targeting high-risk groups like healthcare workers, teachers and security officers, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said Thursday.

Earlier, a senior scientific adviser said the United Kingdom must keep the South African Covid-19 variant at bay as some European countries report a third wave of infections. The World Health Organization said earlier the risk of hospitalization and death outweigh the risks of possible side effects.

More than four million COVID-19 cases have now been reported on the African continent, with 43,000 new cases in the past week, and 108,000 lives lost, data from Worldometers shows.

Why It Matters: Yesterday, the European Commission said it would send a letter to AZN related to the undersupply of COVID-19 shots to the bloc.

Britain's medical regulator today revealed that a handful people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab developed a rare type of blood clot in the brain.

Professor Joe Harbison, who is also clinical lead of the Irish national audit of stroke, told RTÉ radio's Morning Ireland that "one to two per cent" of people hospitalised with Covid during the first wave suffered stroke.

Around 60,000 people are in line to get the first vaccinations, Chen said.

But it was unclear when people who had initially registered for the days that the vaccination drive was suspended would receive their jabs. The rollout started with healthcare workers who are often at the risk of exposure to infections being the first responders to patients.

The Prime Minister said: "The Oxford jab is safe and the Pfizer jab is safe".

A health worker picks up a vial containing COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca at a public health center in Seoul
A health worker picks up a vial containing COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca at a public health center in Seoul

After the EMA declared the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safe for use on Thursday, several European countries including Germany, began using the shot again.

South Korea is posed to speed up the rollout of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as part of its inoculation campaign as the European Union's medicines regulator assessed that there is no link to blood clots found in some recipients.

"We do need to continue to monitor safety, but in the end it's the virus we're fighting, not the vaccines".

Emer Cooke, the executive director of the EMA, said the AstraZeneca vaccine is a "safe and effective option to protect citizens from COVID-19".

He said the shift in schedule was down to a delay in a shipment from India's Serum Institute and the need to get a batch retested in the United Kingdom, after increased concern about certain supposed side effects from the AstraZeneca inoculation.

Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa on Managing the Drug Crisis in the country, State governors committed to supporting the logistics and operational activities of NDLEA officials in their States, as well as programmes that will promote drug use prevention in the country.

"The risk is Covid".

"Additional supplies are urgently required to narrow the gap between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated".

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