Alberta shifting AstraZeneca supply to second dose appointments only

Protesters in Macclesfield

Protesters in Macclesfield

Dr. Andrew Morris, an infectious diseases specialist and a member Ontario's COVID-19 science advisory table, recently said on Twitter that while the AstraZeneca vaccine served its objective, its use could be limited now that there is enough supply of the Pfizer and Moderna shots.

The US had already diverted ingredients required for the manufacture of 20 million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine in India, he said.

Several other European Union countries have restricted AstraZeneca shots to older people only, after a link was made between the vaccine and very rare but often fatal blood clots coupled with low platelet levels.

Based on the much higher risks of COVID-19 infection recently observed in Ontario including hospitalization, serious illness and death, we maintain that those who received their first dose with the AstraZeneca vaccine did absolutely the right thing to prevent illness, and to protect their families, loved ones and communities.

"We have been pressing for a precise delivery date for those doses from the COVAX facility and when we have that in hand, we will provide it to you", Anita Anand, the head of procurement, said in a press conference. He said the province is not certain as to when or if more AstraZeneca doses will arrive. The state government had floated a global tender for 40 million of vaccine doses earlier this month to fulfil its huge requirements.

The EU's executive branch has launched legal proceedings in Belgium against the firm for what it believes amounts to a breach of contract after AstraZeneca failed to deliver doses of its coronavirus vaccine in a timely manner.

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That would allow people who got AstraZeneca first to be given Pfizer or Moderna for their second dose.

Henry said some of the safety data from the United Kingdom study has been reassuring so far and she expects to see more details on the efficacy of combining vaccines in the next couple of weeks.

In Canada, at least 12 cases have been confirmed out of more than two million doses given and three women have died.

In addition to the raw materials, Smith indicated there was some uncertainty about the USA sending the AstraZeneca vaccines that had been manufactured and not used. "As for this particular decision it seems to make a lot of sense that if you're not sure that you can give everyone their second dose, you need to stop giving people who are eligible their first dose to make sure that you can give all the second doses". There is a four-month waiting period between shots.

"This decision is based on the fact that we are receiving no known future shipments of AstraZeneca at this time but are receiving large quantities of mRNA vaccines", said McMillan in his statement. 202,873 doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine were administered with a rate of VITT of 1 per 100,000 doses administered.

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