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European Union launch legal action against AstraZeneca for repeatedly delaying Covid-19 vaccine shipments

The European Union said Monday it had launched legal action against the British-Swedish drug company AstraZeneca after it repeatedly under-delivered on its shipments of Covid-19 vaccines to the bloc. The 27 nations in the European Union have rolled out a relatively sluggish vaccination program as the company’s deliveries to the union have fallen tens of […]

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‘Blood clots should be listed as very rare side effect of AstraZeneca vaccine’: European and British regulators

European and British regulators said on Wednesday the unusual blood clots should be listed as a very rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) received reports of 169 cases of the rare brain blood clot by early April, after 34 million doses had been administered in the European […]

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Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine on children stopped amid blood clot concerns

A trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine on children has stopped giving out jabs while the UK’s medicines regulator investigates a possible link with rare blood clots in adults. The trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on children, which started in February, is assessing whether the jab produces a strong immune response in those aged between […]

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Netherlands stops administering Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine amid blood clot scare

The Netherlands has stopped administering Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations until April 7. On Friday, the Dutch health ministry said it would temporarily stop inoculations for people below the age of 60. But after talks on Saturday, health departments decided to suspend all AstraZeneca jabs to avoid waste. Some 700 people above the age of 60 were […]

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UK Blood Clot Deaths: 7 people have died after taking Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Seven people have died from the unusual blood clots after getting the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the United Kingdom, the nation’s medical regulator said. In total, 30 people out of 18 million vaccinated by 24 March had these clots. It is still not clear if they are just a coincidence or a genuine side effect of the […]

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Germany limits use of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for below 60s over clot fears

Germany suspended the routine use of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people aged below 60 because of a risk of rare blood clots. The German medicines regulator found 31 cases of a type of rare blood clot among the nearly 2.7 million people who had received the vaccine in Germany. Almost all the cases are reportedly […]

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Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine shot is 79% effective in Chile Peru and US trials

AstraZeneca says the COVID-19 vaccine it developed in cooperation with Oxford University was 79-percent effective in preventing symptomatic illness in a large trial in the United States, Chile and Peru, paving the way for its long-awaited application for US approval. The vaccine was found to be 100 percent effective against severe or critical disease and […]

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European Union’s drug regulator finds AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ‘safe and effective’

The European Union’s drug regulator on Thursday said it had found the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine “safe and effective” and was not linked to an increased risk of blood clots. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) reviewed the jab after 13 EU states suspended use of the vaccine over fears of a link to blood clots. “The […]

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‘Not concerned’: India will continue immunisation using AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

India is not worried about some European nations suspending use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and will continue to roll out the shot in its huge immunisation programme “with full vigour”, a senior official said. The AstraZeneca shots are produced by India’s Serum Institute and known in the country as Covishield. The vaccine accounts for […]

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Bahraini prince under investigation for ‘donating’ Covid-19 vaccine to Mount Everest villagers

Nepal is investigating how a Bahraini prince was able to take Covid-19 vaccine into the country without permission Mohamed Hamad Mohamed al-Khalifa arrived in Nepal on Monday, with about 2,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Importing drugs into Nepal needs prior approval. The Bahraini embassy told Nepalese media that the prince’s team wanted to donate […]

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More countries suspend use of Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Netherlands and Ireland became the latest countries to suspend use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine over concerns about possible side effects. The Dutch government said the move, which will last until at least 29 March, was a precaution. The Republic of Ireland made a similar decision over reports of blood clotting events in adults in […]

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Denmark becomes the 7th European country to halt Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine inoculation

Denmark halted the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as a precaution, after reports of a small number of blood clots and one death. The Danish health authority said it was too early to say whether there was a link to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Austria earlier stopped using a batch of the drug, prompting the […]