Ontario reports first rare blood clot related to Oxford-AstraZeneca shot

Credit Scott Wykoff

Credit Scott Wykoff

"We have confirmed the first case of the rare blood clotting condition known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia in Ontario", wrote Chief Medical Officer of Health Doctor David Williams in a statement Friday morning.

In its analysis of Europewide AstraZeneca data, the EMA also said there still wasn't enough information to know who might be more susceptible to the unusual clots.

There were 32 reported deaths from clots in total, compared to 22 reported last week, but the fatality rate of the reported clots dropped to 19% from 22%.

This case marks the fourth case of VITT out of more than 1.1 million doses of the vaccine that have been administered in Canada to date.

He added that hospital admission with Covid-19 is "extremely serious" and that when it comes to the AstraZeneca vaccine "there's a significant benefit in terms of avoiding hospitalisation across all age groups".

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That differs from several European countries such as France, which has made a decision to restrict use of AstraZeneca's shot to people over 55.

As with the AstraZeneca product, the EMA recommended labelling changes but said the benefits of getting vaccinated outweighed the risks.

In early April, France said people under 55 who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should get other vaccines for their second shot because of the rare clotting risk.

Although a research study began in the United Kingdom earlier this year to test whether it's safe and effective to mix and match different vaccines, including those made by AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech, no results are yet available.

Britain has advised that under-30s receive an alternative to the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, after the MHRA medicine regulator found there was evidence of a link to rare clots with low platelet levels.

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