Republic of Ireland suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine over clotting fears

Tanya Simon
March 15, 2021

"Sometimes it is very hard to link event that happen after vaccination to the actual vaccine, because those things can happen in the general population, and this could be one of them".

AstraZeneca denied Sunday any evidence of increased risk of blood clots due to their jab, adding that they had conducted a review covering roughly 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom which had shown no evidence of blood clots.

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency had issued a statement on Sunday night that while they were aware of the decision taken here, he said, and their position was that people should still go ahead and get the vaccine.

Ireland and the Netherlands on Sunday became the latest countries to suspend their use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine out of precaution.

The University of Oxford and drug manufacturer AstraZeneca have developed a COVID-19 vaccine. That could lead to severe bleeding.

Piedmont, Italy Sunday said it would stop using a batch of the AstraZeneca vaccines after a teacher died following his vaccination. Germany and France followed on Monday.

Both AstraZeneca and Oxford have said there is no link between their vaccine and blood clotting.

Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge arrives at the Binnenhof for the weekly Council of Ministers meeting in The Hague on March 5.

AstraZeneca vaccinations make up 20% of the 590,000 shots administered among Ireland's 4.9 million population, mainly to healthcare workers after its use was not initially recommended for those over 70 and the company supplied far fewer vaccines to the European Union than agreed.

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There are now 242 active cases of COVID-19 in the island region, including nine people in hospital and one in critical care. The doctor gave an update on the latest COVID-19 data before launching into a presentation on modelling in the province.

Two deaths are still under investigation, but no link to the vaccine is suspected in those cases either.

"We have made huge progress in the United Kingdom in relation to the vaccine so it is important that people continue to do that so we can leave lockdown in the rear view mirror and we can move on with our lives".

Is there any proof the vaccine is responsible?

AstraZeneca's chief medical officer Ann Taylor said the number of cases of blood clots reported is lower than the hundreds of cases that would be expected among the general population. None were proven to have been caused by the vaccine. When asked about possible shortages or delivery delays, the ministry said it might postpone second doses and instead give those doses to people who still need their first shots. The agency has made no mention of the approval status of the Moderna vaccine.

The KDCA, which is in charge of South Korea's state vaccination program, is giving priority to Moon, 68, and Kim, 67, as they require "essential" foreign travel for the diplomatic event.

There were concerns after 30 "thromboembolic events" were reported, leading to the company's vaccine being halted in several countries across Europe and Asia.

At this point, there's been some major reputational damage for this particular vaccine.

Breton said that AstraZeneca had issues with testing, which were a sign of logistics problems, and urged its board of directors to take action. "Vaccination is providing vital protection from Covid-19". There have been no reports of patients developing blood clots in the country.

File: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine during a visit to a vaccination center at the Health and Well-being Centre in Orpington, southeast London, Feb. 15, 2021.

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