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The study of 5.4 million people in Scotland, of whom 2.5 million had received their first vaccine dose, is the first analysis of ITP, clotting and bleeding events following vaccination for an entire country.(AP)

AstraZeneca vaccine may be linked with small risk of low blood platelets: Study

PTI | , London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 02:05 PM IST
The increased risk of the condition, known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), is estimated to be 11 per million doses, similar to figures seen in vaccines for flu, and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), the researchers said.
According to the BMC, a total of 30,90,130 citizens in Mumbai have been administered Covid-19 vaccines since the inoculation drive started on January 16. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas(REUTERS)
According to the BMC, a total of 30,90,130 citizens in Mumbai have been administered Covid-19 vaccines since the inoculation drive started on January 16. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas(REUTERS)

Czech Republic vaccine supplier opts out of BMC tender race

PTI | , Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2021 04:45 PM IST
The Czech Republic-based vaccine supplier, through an email, informed the BMC about the withdrawal of its proposal on Wednesday
On Wednesday, Jesse Jackson Sr had urged President Joe Biden to allocate at least 60 million vaccine doses to India out of the 80 million announced earlier by the US President. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)(AP)
On Wednesday, Jesse Jackson Sr had urged President Joe Biden to allocate at least 60 million vaccine doses to India out of the 80 million announced earlier by the US President. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)(AP)

US civil rights leader assures help to Tamil Nadu to combat Covid-19 pandemic

ANI | , Washington Dc
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2021 05:20 AM IST
Tamil Nadu finance minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan made a plea to Jackson Sr to request US President Joe Biden to expeditiously release an allotment of Astra Zeneca vaccines for India from the 80 million vaccines that the US has offered to donate overseas.
Malawi, like many other African countries, has relied on the AstraZeneca vaccine that has been distributed by COVAX and the African Union. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi, File)(AP)
Malawi, like many other African countries, has relied on the AstraZeneca vaccine that has been distributed by COVAX and the African Union. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi, File)(AP)

Malawi burns 20,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses that expired

AP | , Blantyre, Malawi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 04:41 PM IST
  • Malawi’s burning of the vaccines defies calls not to do so by the World Health Organization and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.(Bloomberg)
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.(Bloomberg)

UK said to reconsider plan to buy AstraZeneca Covid-19 antibody drug

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2021 08:01 PM IST
  • While the first data from the treatment’s trials are expected in the coming weeks, the UK has no orders for it and is still evaluating the role antibody cocktails may play in Britain’s response to the pandemic, according to one of the people, who didn’t want to be identified because details of the discussions are private.
Vials of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine are seen. (AP)
Vials of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine are seen. (AP)

Norway will not use AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine: Report

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2021 06:28 PM IST
  • Authorities on March 11 suspended the AstraZeneca rollout after a small number of younger inoculated people were hospitalised for a combination of blood clots, bleeding and a low count of platelets, some of whom later died.
The ministry said 80% of those needing hospital treatment had not been vaccinated and tended to be people with co-morbidities. (AP Photo)(AP)
The ministry said 80% of those needing hospital treatment had not been vaccinated and tended to be people with co-morbidities. (AP Photo)(AP)

WHO reviewing Seychelles Covid-19 data after vaccinated people test positive

Reuters | , Nairobi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 07:23 PM IST
WHO stressed that the majority of those who tested positive had not been vaccinated or had only received one dose, that no one who had died had been fully vaccinated and that nearly all of those needing treatment for severe or critical cases were unvaccinated.
A medical worker holds a bottle of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre.(Reuters)
A medical worker holds a bottle of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre.(Reuters)

EU doesn't renew order for AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

PTI |
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2021 08:09 PM IST
  • The announcement comes one day after the European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a potential 1.8 billion doses through 2023.
More than 52% of eligible Americans — 147.5 million — have received at least one does of a vaccine approved in the country.(Reuters)
More than 52% of eligible Americans — 147.5 million — have received at least one does of a vaccine approved in the country.(Reuters)

US lawmakers urge Joe Biden to ship AstraZeneca vaccines to India

By Yashwant Raj, Washington
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 04:27 AM IST
AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, which is made and retailed in India as Covishield, is not approved for use in the US.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is widely in use around the world but has not yet been authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration.(Reuters)
The AstraZeneca vaccine is widely in use around the world but has not yet been authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration.(Reuters)

US to share AstraZeneca shots with world after safety check

AP | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2021 05:34 AM IST
The White House is increasingly feeling assured about the supply of the three vaccines being administered in the US, particularly following the restart of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot over the weekend.
Nachman Ash, Israel's pandemic coordinator, said that with supplies secure through 2022, Israel no longer required the 10 million doses it agreed to purchase from AstraZeneca.(Reuters )
Nachman Ash, Israel's pandemic coordinator, said that with supplies secure through 2022, Israel no longer required the 10 million doses it agreed to purchase from AstraZeneca.(Reuters )

With enough supplies, Israel looks to re-route AstraZeneca vaccine delivery

Reuters | | Posted by Srivatsan K C, Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 04:05 PM IST
"We are trying to find the best solution. After all, we don't want (the vaccines) to get here and have to throw them into the trash," Nachman Ash, told Army Radio, saying Israel's needs were being met by other suppliers.
Vaccines from China's Sinovac Biotech accounts for 83% of doses so far delivered to the Philippines. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David/File Photo(REUTERS)
Vaccines from China's Sinovac Biotech accounts for 83% of doses so far delivered to the Philippines. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David/File Photo(REUTERS)

Philippines lifts suspension on AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for under 60s

Reuters | , Manila
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 01:21 PM IST
  • "The benefit outweighs the risk. Only a small percentage of the population had these adverse effects for AstraZeneca," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a regular news conference
Botswana has so far administered about 31,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the only vaccine it has started rolling out. (Photo by Monirul BHUIYAN / AFP)(AFP)
Botswana has so far administered about 31,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the only vaccine it has started rolling out. (Photo by Monirul BHUIYAN / AFP)(AFP)

Botswana probes deaths of two people who took AstraZeneca Covid-19 shot

Reuters | , Gaborone
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2021 10:03 PM IST
  • India donated 30,000 doses of the vaccine that were manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and Botswana bought 33,000 doses that were made in South Korea. The two people who died had taken the shots made in India.
A member of the medical staff draws serum from an AstraZeneca vaccine container at a vaccination center in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (AP)
A member of the medical staff draws serum from an AstraZeneca vaccine container at a vaccination center in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (AP)

Causal link between AstraZeneca and clots 'plausible but not confirmed': WHO

Reuters | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2021 10:56 PM IST
The independent experts, in a statement issued after a review of the latest global data, said that specialised studies were needed to fully understand the potential relationship between vaccination and possible risk factors.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is, however, seen as crucial in tackling the spread of Covid-19 across the globe. (Reuters File Photo)
The AstraZeneca vaccine is, however, seen as crucial in tackling the spread of Covid-19 across the globe. (Reuters File Photo)

A timeline of Australia's Covid-19 vaccine plan mired in European back-and-forth

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2021 01:39 PM IST
  • The dispute emphasises the challenge facing European nations to vaccinate their populations and the impact on any vaccine export restrictions on countries that had pre-ordered doses.
Scientists are exploring several possibilities that might explain the extremely rare brain blood clots that occurred in individuals in the days and weeks after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.(AFP)
Scientists are exploring several possibilities that might explain the extremely rare brain blood clots that occurred in individuals in the days and weeks after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.(AFP)

European medicine agency says AZ Covid vaccine, rare blood clots in brain linked

Reuters | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2021 06:33 PM IST
Senior official and chair of the vaccine evaluation drive Marco Cavaleri said the reason behind this reaction is still unclear and also did not provide evidence to support his comments.
A pharmacist prepares a syringe from a vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.(AP)
A pharmacist prepares a syringe from a vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.(AP)

US halts AstraZeneca vaccine production at Baltimore plant: Report

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2021 07:27 AM IST
  • The move came after the Maryland-based biotech firm, Emergent BioSolutions Inc., accidentally mixed up the ingredients from the two vaccines, which forced regulators to delay approval of the plant’s output, the New York Times said.
So far around 160,000 people have been vaccinated in more than a month since just over 1 million doses were received. Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
So far around 160,000 people have been vaccinated in more than a month since just over 1 million doses were received. Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

Kenya stops private importation, administration of Covid-19 vaccines

AP | , Nairobi
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2021 05:09 PM IST
  • Private health facilities have been charging about $80 for the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, while the governments institutions are giving for free AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines received from the global COVAX initiative
The rising number of blood-clot cases and the moves to suspend or limit shots have added to the uncertainty around the AstraZeneca vaccine. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)(AP)
The rising number of blood-clot cases and the moves to suspend or limit shots have added to the uncertainty around the AstraZeneca vaccine. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)(AP)

Australia working with EU, UK to investigate AstraZeneca linked blood clot case

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2021 02:41 PM IST
  • The Australian case, first reported on April 2, is currently being investigated by the country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration.
A file photo of a vial of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. (AFP)
A file photo of a vial of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. (AFP)

Australia investigates possible link of blood clot case to AstraZeneca vaccine

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 01:24 PM IST
Australian media reported that a 44-year-old man was admitted to a Melbourne hospital with possible clotting days after receiving the vaccine.
The World Health Organization and the EU's health watchdog have both deemed the AstraZeneca vaccine safe, but several countries have restricted its use over clotting fears.(Reuters)
The World Health Organization and the EU's health watchdog have both deemed the AstraZeneca vaccine safe, but several countries have restricted its use over clotting fears.(Reuters)

Germany imposes restrictions on AstraZeneca Covid-19 jabs for people below 60

AFP | | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 01:03 AM IST
Under-60s can still decide to take the vaccine but only following "consultation with the doctor carrying out the vaccination ... and with an individual risk analysis," said ministers of Germany's 16 states as well as the federal health minister in a policy statement.
India has not provided details on the length of its export curb but UNICEF, a distributing partner of COVAX, said at the weekend that deliveries are expected to resume by May. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo(REUTERS)
India has not provided details on the length of its export curb but UNICEF, a distributing partner of COVAX, said at the weekend that deliveries are expected to resume by May. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo(REUTERS)

Asian countries scramble for vaccine supplies after India export curbs

Reuters | , Seoul/ Manila
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 12:47 PM IST
South Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines are among countries to be hit by shipment delays to vaccines they have been promised under the COVAX programme
Canada is expected to receive 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca from the US this week.(AFP)
Canada is expected to receive 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca from the US this week.(AFP)

Canadian panel recommends pausing AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 55 years

AP | , Toronto
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 12:46 AM IST
Health Canada, the country’s regulator that approved AstraZeneca, is expected to hold a news conference later Monday.
As Indonesia is injecting around 500,000 doses per day, the supply for April will be used within around two weeks. Prasetia Fauzani/Antara Foto via REUTERS (via REUTERS)
As Indonesia is injecting around 500,000 doses per day, the supply for April will be used within around two weeks. Prasetia Fauzani/Antara Foto via REUTERS (via REUTERS)

Indonesia sees vaccination slowdown as India delays shipments

Reuters | , Jakarta
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2021 08:16 PM IST
  • India has put a temporary hold on all major exports of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shot made by Serum Institute of India, prioritising domestic demand as infections rise
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine.(Reuters)
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine.(Reuters)

AstraZeneca may have provided outdated vaccine data, US agency says

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2021 12:41 PM IST
  • “We urge the company to work with the DSMB to review the efficacy data and ensure the most accurate, up-to-date efficacy data be made public as quickly as possible,” said the statement from the group headed by Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease official.
A vial of of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.(AP)
A vial of of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.(AP)

AstraZeneca vaccine found 79% effective in US trials: Key points

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2021 03:58 PM IST
  • The Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) identified no safety concerns with regards to events of blood clotting/ thrombosis in the trial among 21,583 participants who received at least one dose of vaccine.
AstraZeneca Indonesia spokesman Rizman Abudaeri said in a statement: "At all stages of the production process, this virus vector vaccine does not use nor come in contact with pork-derived products or other animal products."(Reuters)
AstraZeneca Indonesia spokesman Rizman Abudaeri said in a statement: "At all stages of the production process, this virus vector vaccine does not use nor come in contact with pork-derived products or other animal products."(Reuters)

AstraZeneca counters Indonesian Muslim concerns over Covid-19 vaccine

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 01:32 PM IST
Indonesia’s highest Muslim clerical council, the Indonesia Ulema Council, said on its website Friday that the vaccine is "haram" because the manufacturing process uses "trypsin from the pork pancreas."
“We have the possibility to ban planned exports,” European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said Saturday. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
“We have the possibility to ban planned exports,” European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said Saturday. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)

EU threatens AstraZeneca with export ban

AP | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2021 05:24 PM IST
  • The European Commission said Saturday that AstraZeneca in particular could face export bans to countries outside the EU if it didn’t quickly deliver the promised amount of vaccines to the 27-nation bloc.
Vials labelled "Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. (Reuters)
Vials labelled "Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. (Reuters)

EU regulator reviews link between AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine and blood clots

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 02:51 PM IST
Any time vaccines are rolled out widely, scientists expect some serious health issues and deaths to be reported, simply because tens of millions of people are receiving the shots.
WHO's vaccine experts said Wednesday it was still better to take the AstraZeneca vaccine than not -- adding that it was looking into available data on the jab.(Reuters)
WHO's vaccine experts said Wednesday it was still better to take the AstraZeneca vaccine than not -- adding that it was looking into available data on the jab.(Reuters)

Countries should keep using AstraZeneca vaccine: WHO experts

AFP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 06:15 AM IST
The WHO, Europe's medicines regulator and AstraZeneca itself have repeatedly said the vaccine was safe after several countries reported feared links with blood clots or brain haemorrhages.
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