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COVID-19: Taiwan Starts Vaccination Drive With AstraZeneca

    Taiwan kicked off its coronavirus inoculation drive Monday with two top officials getting AstraZeneca shots in a bid to boost public confidence in a vaccine that has had a troubled rollout. Premier Su Tseng-chang and health minister Chen Shih-Chung sat for jabs at a Taipei hospital after local authorities cleared the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical … Continue reading COVID-19: Taiwan Starts Vaccination Drive With AstraZeneca Read Full Story

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AstraZeneca says vaccine 80% effective for elderly, no blood clot risk

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine is 80 per cent effective at preventing the disease in the elderly and does not increase the risk of blood clots, the biotech firm said Monday, following its US phase III efficiency trials. It was 79 per cent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in the overall population and 100 per cent effective
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US Trial Finds AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine 79 Percent Effective, No Blood Clot Risk

  AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine is 80 percent effective at preventing the disease in the elderly and does not increase the risk of blood clots, the biotech firm said Monday, following its US phase III efficiency trials. It was 79 percent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in the overall population and 100 percent effective at preventing … Continue reading US Trial Finds AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine 79 Percent Effective, No Blood Clot Risk Read Full Story

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South Africa sells its AstraZeneca vaccine doses to AU

South Africa has sold a million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for distribution in 14 fellow African nations, the health minister announced Sunday. South Africa last month suspended its vaccination programme, which had started with AstraZeneca jabs, after doubts were raised over that vaccine’s efficacy against a local variant of Covid-19. Pretoria instead announced
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Poll shows plunge in Europeans’ trust in AstraZeneca jab

Trust in AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in many European countries has plunged following controversy around the jab in recent weeks, according to a new survey unveiled Monday by British pollsters YouGov. A majority of people in the biggest European Union member states, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, now see the inoculation as unsafe, the recent
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NAFDAC warns Nigerians against fake AstraZeneca vaccination

Friday Olokor, Abuja THE Nigerian public should ensure that the COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine being administered on them has the original label, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control said on Sunday. NAFDAC in a statement by its Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said the advice became necessary to ensure that people were not...

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Denmark reports two cases of serious illness, including one death, after AstraZeneca shot

Denmark said on Saturday that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral haemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. The two, both hospital staff members, had received the AstraZeneca vaccine less than 14 days before getting ill, the authority that runs public hospitals in Copenhagen said. The Danish
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Denmark reports two cases of serious illness, including one death, after AstraZeneca shot

Denmark said on Saturday that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral haemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. The two, both hospital staff members, had received the AstraZeneca vaccine less than 14 days before getting ill, the authority that runs public hospitals in Copenhagen said. The Danish
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UK PM receives first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday received a first dose of AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine, at the London hospital where he fought for his life almost a year ago, assuring the public the jab is safe. “I literally did not feel a thing. It was very good, very quick,” the 56-year-old leader told reporters at
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Italian PM says he will have AstraZeneca vaccine

Prime Minister Mario Draghi sought Friday to reassure Italians over the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, which was suspended this week before being declared safe, saying he would have it himself. “I have not yet made a booking, but my age group is among those who are allowed to have the vaccine and yes, I will have
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Merkel to receive AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she was ready to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s coronavirus jab if she is offered it, in a bid to shore up confidence in the jab. “Yes I would take the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Merkel told a news conference, adding she “would like to wait until it’s my turn but I would...

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WHO experts renew backing for AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

The World Health Organization’s vaccine safety experts gave renewed backing to AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 jab on Friday, having reviewed reports of blood clotting after immunisation. The WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety said the AstraZeneca jab “continues to have a positive benefit-risk profile, with tremendous potential to prevent infections and reduce deaths across the world.”
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France recommends AstraZeneca jab for over-55s only

France’s health regulator recommended Friday that only people aged 55 and over should be given AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine due to reports of blood clots, while giving the green light to resume its use after a brief suspension. It said the recommendation was based on the fact that the reported blood clots, which prompted the vaccine’s
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Europe Resumes AstraZeneca Jabs As US Set To Hit 100m Vaccines

    Several European countries were resuming AstraZeneca vaccinations Friday after an all-clear from EU regulators, as US President Joe Biden was set to meet his goal of having 100 million Americans inoculated weeks ahead of schedule. Days of commotion around AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, over fears it may cause blood clots, saw countries from Venezuela … Continue reading Europe Resumes AstraZeneca Jabs As US Set To Hit 100m Vaccines Read Full Story

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EU watchdog says AstraZeneca shot ‘safe and effective’

The EU’s drug regulator said Thursday the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine was “safe and effective” and was not linked to an increased risk of blood clots. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) however said that after an investigation it could not “definitively” rule out a connection to a particularly rare type of blood disorder. Around a dozen
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Italy to restart AstraZeneca vaccinations Friday ― PM

Italy will resume administering AstraZeneca/Oxford coronavirus vaccines on Friday after the EU’s drugs regulator declared them safe, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said. Italy suspended the use of the jab on Monday, one of a number of European countries taking precautionary action following concerns it was linked to blood clots. “The administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine
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EU countries to resume AstraZeneca vaccinations after ‘safe’ verdict

Leading EU countries said Thursday they would resume AstraZeneca vaccinations after the European medical regulator said the jab is “safe and effective” and not associated with a higher blood clot risk after days of commotion around the shot.  The closely-watched announcement from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) came after the WHO and Britain’s health watchdog...

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All eyes on EU regulator as AstraZeneca decision to be released

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is due to provide an assessment on Thursday of the safety of Astrazeneca’s vaccine against Covid-19 after several countries temporarily suspended use of the jab over fears about side effects. The EMA’s safety committee has been making a detailed evaluation of a small number of cases concerning blood clots occurring
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