Province reports 1st death related to VITT blood-clotting syndrome

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks during the ‘Bicara Tokoh’ programme in Kajang

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks during the ‘Bicara Tokoh’ programme in Kajang

Ontario has confirmed the first death related to Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT), an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome and side effect associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

"This is not the first time people have been treated like beggars chasing vaccines".

Elderly people living in retirement and long-term care homes were fully vaccinated as part of the province's blitz earlier this year.

"There is a small connection of thrombosis in women under 40 with the AstraZeneca vaccine", Panagiotopoulou said, but health experts in Cyprus stopped short of pointing to a medical mechanism or health factor that could cause the rare blood clot. "That should not be happening". He says they provide close to 80 per cent protection against all symptoms of the virus, and almost 100 per cent protection against severe illness and hospitalization.

"The good point is that we have lots of people wanting to get their second dose", said Williams.

Across Canada 12 people have died of VITT linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine but health officials still maintain the health risks remain low.

His comments come as the Taoiseach said more than 2.5 million doses of Covid vaccine would be administered by the end of Tuesday.

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Timelines for getting the second vaccine dose are uncertain due to a shortage occasioned by delays by Covax.

The second shots are being moved up by about 2 weeks and being given at the 10 week mark rather than the recommended 12 weeks as the province rushes to use a stockpile of 45,000 doses set to expire in roughly a week.

Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, said on Tuesday that "a few" Toronto pharmacies will receive vaccine supply today with the vast majority receiving their doses on Wednesday. "But we are confident doing everything possible, from a pharmacy perspective, to ensure that there is limited to no wastage".

Local media said the woman, who had no history of thrombi in her vascular system, had received her first dose of the vaccine on May 6, the same day British authorities had announced people under the age of 40 in the United Kingdom were to be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

"We now have another 254,000 doses of AstraZeneca we hope to roll out to a wider area", he says.

"One of the real difficulties they've had is constant changes in the rollout programme that makes it hard for them, particularly with regards to the AstraZeneca vaccine because we know that is the one that's been most variable in terms of delivery". He notes that the science supporting waiting longer between shots for Pfizer and Moderna is not as conclusive so far. "We're trying to do a fine balancing act".

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