Covid 19 coronavirus: Europe threatens to seize vaccine factories

Covid 19 coronavirus: Europe threatens to seize vaccine factories

The World Health Organization recommended Wednesday to continue using the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 "for the time being", pending the completion of its experts reviewing its safety data.

On Wednesday, WHO experts recommended countries continue to use the AstraZeneca vaccine, but said they were looking into the jab's safety after a slew of countries suspended its use over health fears, as per an AFP report. A first responder in his 20s, who was inoculated with AstraZeneca vaccine on March 10, was diagnosed with blood clots on March 15, authorities said.

Figures from the European Centers for Disease Prevention and Control this week show there are about 7 million unused AstraZeneca vaccines across the 27-nation EU.

As more European countries suspend the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine due to a potential risk of blood clotting, Moroccan authorities are waiting to confirm the cause and effect before acting further. After the suspension of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, thousands of appointments were cancelled.

Although health officials said Tuesday the AstraZeneca rollout may be stopped depending on the results of the European Medicines Agency probe to be announced sometime Thursday, it's highly unlikely its recommendation would change, according to Dr. Paik Soon-young.

Covid vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have also been approved for use in the United Kingdom by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.


Brussels has accused London of operating a de facto export ban to achieve its vaccine success, a claim furiously denied by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.

"Concerns are taken seriously and examined".

But some experts have expressed concern that the opposite might happen: that the very public and dramatic suspensions could feed already high skepticism of vaccines that were developed in record time. Other countries including France have also indicated they will follow the advice issued Thursday. In total, 45 million COVID shots have been delivered across the region. Determining whether or not the vaccine is to blame can be hard, especially since vaccination campaigns are now focusing on vulnerable people who may have other health issues.

That coupled with the widespread reports of blood clots could fuel greater hesitancy in the United States, where polls suggest up to a quarter of Americans are already skeptical of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. They are taking the safe side.

For example, it took almost a year after vaccination campaigns began against the 2009 swine flu pandemic for European officials to notice an increase in narcolepsy in children and teenagers who got the GlaxoSmithKline vaccine. Addressing the weekly press briefing, Dr VK Paul, Member (Health) of the Niti Aayog on AstraZeneca vaccine, "India's group that looks at adverse effects is aware of the issue and are tracking the information available".

Head cautioned that there are costs to going slowly: The longer the coronavirus is allowed to circulate widely, the more chance it has to mutate into a deadlier version.

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