THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Residents of Spain must now be over 60 to receive the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. In Belgium, over 55 years old. In the United Kingdom, authorities say the shot could not be fired on adults over the age of 30. կառավար The Australian Government on Thursday announced restrictions on AstraZeneca filming for people under the age of 50.
A package of consultations appeared across governments far beyond Europe, with the European Medicines Agency declaring that there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and the rare thrombosis disorder, while repeating the vaccine was safe and effective.
The UK և EU regulators both stressed that the benefits of getting the vaccine continue to outweigh the risks to most people,, The EU agency maintained that the vaccine could be used by all adults. However, experts fear that confusing reports about the vaccine may still dampen its enthusiasm at a time when Europe and many other parts of the world are facing a lot of upheaval.
On Thursday, experts hammered the rarity of the thrombus.
“The risks from this rare side effect seem extremely low,” Anthony R. told the BBC. Cox, of the University of Birmingham School of Pharmacy. “I mean, it’s equivalent to the risk of dying in the bathroom, drowning in the bathroom, for example, it’s so rare, or the plane lands on your house.”
Dr Sabina Strauss, chairwoman of the EU Regulatory Commission, said the best data came from Germany, where there is one report for every 100,000 doses given, although she noted that there were far fewer reports in the UK, but that this was less than the risk of a thrombus. , which healthy women face with birth control pills, said another expert, Dr. Peter Arlett.
The EU is trying, but so far, to avoid various policies among its 27 countries, all of which turn to the European Medicines Agency for guidance. Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on Wednesday evening called for a concerted approach to ensuring that “similar decisions are made in different Member States based on the same evidence”.
Rumors of a small risk are already affecting some vaccines. In Croatia, the government said one in four people did not show up because of the shooting of AstraZeneca on Thursday. Poland has also seen people being canceled or not attending vaccination appointments.
European Commission spokesman Stefan de Kirsmaker said on Thursday that the EMA’s findings were based on its rigorous monitoring system, which should boost confidence among the bloc’s 27 member states.
“We want, of course, to avoid vaccination fluctuations,” he said.
Such reluctance is worrying, as experts say that the staff can be used to eliminate the coronavirus epidemic, but the role of AstraZeneca is especially important. The vaccine, which is much cheaper and easier to maintain, is very important in Europe համար for vaccination campaigns in the UK և It is the cornerstone of a UN-supported program called COVAX, which aims to deliver vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. ,
On Thursday, a senior African official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention argued that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweighed the risks that his group would not make new recommendations.
He said the main message from Britain և EU regulators was clear.
“The benefits outweigh the risks, as these are very rare cases that they achieve due to the very strong control systems they have in place,” said John on Nkengasong at the briefing. “So I think these vaccines are still safe.”
Africa’s goal is to vaccinate 60% of its 1.3 billion population by the end of 2022, which would be very difficult to achieve without widespread use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose country’s vaccination program relies heavily on the AstraZeneca shot, has announced that the Pfizer vaccine should now be the preferred vaccine for people under 50 years of age.
“We have taken the necessary precautions based on the best possible medical advice,” Morrison said. “It was not our practice to cast a shadow.”
Some EU countries found it difficult to emphasize security, did not change their advice.
Polish state television used a headline during its live broadcast of the vaccine, declaring “AstraZeneca safe”.
The head of Italy’s drug regulatory body, Nicola Magrini, called for calm, although he said late Wednesday evening that Italy would now be key to using the AstraZeneca vaccine mainly for people under 65 and over 60.
Stressing how such changing rules are causing confusion, the governor of the Veneto region said on Thursday that operators had made 8,000 calls about AstraZeneca in recent days. “Obviously there is concern,” Luka Zaia told reporters.
Hungarian Government Minister Gergely Gulyas called the EMA statement “a clear decision that is in line with the views of the Hungarian authorities. “AstraZeneca is reliable, it provides protection.”
The German officials clarified that they would stick to their current proposal, which was given on March 30, when the problems with rare thrombi were already circulating, to limit the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people over 60, in most cases in larger European countries. including for Spain. : Italy.
“If we only had the AstraZeneca vaccine, we would not have an alternative for people under 60, we would be facing one possible outcome,” Health Minister Jens Span told WDR Public Radio on Thursday.
Associated Press reporters have contributed around the world.
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