People under 60 should not get 2nd AstraZeneca vaccine: German experts



The Pfizer vaccine has been used predominantly to vaccinate frontline healthcare and quarantine workers.

Cooke said the EMA would include the Germany cases in its review, "and they will form part of the ongoing evaluation that the committee is undertaking, as will any additional cases that are reported from other countries and regions".

It is the first blood clot case in Australia, although earlier cases in the United Kingdom and Europe prompted a temporary pause in a number of countries until the European Union medicines regulator declared the AstraZeneca vaccine "safe and effective".

The Netherlands on Friday became the latest in a line of European countries to halt vaccinations with the AstraZeneca jab for people under the age of 60 amid fears of links to rare blood clots.

"I remind anyone receiving a vaccination over the coming few days that these instances of serious clotting disorders are extremely rare and have occurred in only a very small number of cases", he said. Those figures included a "significant" number of the cases reported in Germany but not all, she said.

"Based on all of the evidence available internationally to date, Health Canada continues to consider that the benefits of the AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD vaccines to protect against COVID-19 outweigh the potential risks", the statement read.

MERLIN: STIKO, Germany's vaccine commission, has urged people under 60-years-old who have had the first shot of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to receive a different manufacturer's jab for their second dose.

United States authority says vaccinated people can travel domestically, should wear masks
The guidance says that fully vaccinated people don't need a test, and don't need to quarantine, when traveling domestically. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine, the CDC said.

Meanwhile, Australia is investigating whether a blood clotting case recorded yesterday is related to the AstraZeneca vaccine, a health official said, raising concern in a nation where most people are expected to receive the drugmaker's shot.

When the EMA declared the vaccine "safe and effective", they resumed its use while investigations continued.

More people in Ontario will soon be able to book a shot to get a COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy. "One died and one also had a brain haemorrhage", it said. Over one million people in the Netherlands are thought to have had coronavirus so far.

However there were no such reports for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

CVSTs are inherently more common in younger women and taking the pill increases the risk.

Two vaccines - developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca - are now being used in the United Kingdom to protect people against Covid-19.

The previously delayed shipment of 600,000 Moderna vaccine doses will arrive on Friday, with deliveries beginning on Saturday, the government's vaccine distribution czar, Canadian Army Major General Dany Fortin said.

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