National panel advises provinces not to use AstraZeneca vaccine on seniors

A medical worker receives the first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine Covid-19 at the National Medical Centre vaccination centre in Seoul

A medical worker receives the first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine Covid-19 at the National Medical Centre vaccination centre in Seoul

Dr Jeong noted that there were no cases of fatalities from receiving Covid-19 vaccines developed by AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech.

Canada is to receive 500,000 doses of the vaccine, the third approved for use in Canada, from the Serum Institute of India.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunisations (NACI) said it is not recommending AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine for Canadians age 65 and older, the Sputnik news agency reported.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran said Monday that people over 65 with existing health conditions could receive the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine.

Reuters reported in February that Britain's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) was auditing the manufacturing processes at SII to pave the way for the AstraZeneca vaccine to be shipped from there to the UK.

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"If the AstraZeneca vaccine will prevent you from getting really sick that's still a win for you, " Colijn said.

Another person in their 50s with a cardiac disorder and diabetes died on Wednesday after suffering multiple heart attacks, having received the same vaccine a day earlier, the agency said.

Britain has been ahead at inoculating people, with almost 20.5 million residents receiving the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far, according to official data. However, she did urge people to take the shot when they are feeling in good health.

"The more vaccines that we can get out, the more robust we're going to be, the more reopenings we're going to have, the more social and economic activity we're going to enjoy and the less pandemic we're going to have".

Tam says all vaccines should be administered as soon as they arrive and that it is up to provinces to determine who is best placed to get which vaccines, but all are safe and effective. "And repeat, repeat, repeat that more than likely you're not going to be hospitalized with disease".

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