S. Korea accelerates AstraZeneca vaccine rollout as EU regulator eases safety concerns

Brenda Watkins
March 19, 2021

"Tonight we will inform the people who have been registered for vaccination so that they can come to the vaccination centres tomorrow and receive their first dose of the vaccine", she said.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland will have 500,000 fewer coronavirus vaccine doses over the next month than anticipated.

Officials at NHS Dumfries and Galloway have offered reassurances about vaccine safety following events in Europe this week and concerns raised in some countries about potential effects of the Oxford AstraZeneca jab.

In a communique signed at the end of the meeting by the NGF Chairman and Ekiti State governor, Dr.Kayode Fayemi, the Governors urged Nigerians to remain calm and report any adverse events noticed following COVID-19 vaccination.

"Compared with countries in other regions that accessed vaccines much earlier, the initial rollout phase in some countries has reached a far higher number of people", said Moeti.

"The benefits of the vaccine in combating the still widespread threat of COVID-19 (which itself results in clotting problems and may be fatal) continue to outweigh the risk of side effects", it said, concluding what it called its "preliminary review". "So the Oxford jab is safe; and the Pfizer jab is safe - the thing that isn't safe is catching Covid - which is why it's so important that we all get our jabs as soon as our turn comes", he said. Given the extremely rare rate of occurrence of these events, the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, with the latest data suggesting an 80% reduction in hospitalisation and death from COVID disease, far outweigh any possible risks of the vaccine in the risk groups now targeted in the UK.

The prime ministers of France and the United Kingdom are set to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus on Friday.

In the United Kingdom, 5 possible cases of this have been reported to us so far, after 11 million doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.

But he added: "Of perhaps more concern for the United Kingdom, though, is some countries, France notably, are seeing a significant fraction, five to 10 per cent of their cases, are the South African variant at the moment".

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"That is the variant we really do want to keep out of the United Kingdom".

The vaccine was developed and produced by a team from Oxford University and the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The World Health Organization said earlier the risk of hospitalization and death outweigh the risks of possible side effects.

Yesterday, European Medicines Agency (EMA) also concluded that AZN's COVID vaccine is "safe and effective."

Prof Ferguson, who is a member of the government's SPI-M modelling group, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme there should be particular concern about cases being imported from France, where infection levels are increasing.

"We're really not in a battle with each other or the vaccine, we're battling a ruthless killer that within the European Union has killed 600,000 people in the past year". There is no evidence either that VTE is occurring more often in people who have received the vaccine than in people who have not, for either vaccine.

A medical worker prepares to give a shot of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine at a nursing home in Seoul on March 2, 2021.

"It's unrealistic to imagine the first dose rollout will be as fast because we'll have to catch up with the second doses".

Around 60,000 people are in line to get the first vaccinations, Chen said.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove is now leading a review on the "ethical, equalities, privacy, legal and operational aspects" of a so-called vaccine passport scheme, with the results due to be published by June 21 when all restrictions are planned to be scrapped.

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