Health Editor’s Note: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are not currently approved for emergency use in the U.S. Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for emergency use and people in the U.S. are encouraged to take whichever vaccine they are first offered. The upside with the J&J vaccine is that it is a one time dose. Every person vaccinated is one less person this coronavirus can use to spread and make more of itself ….Carol
AstraZeneca Canada, has completed a new safety review of 10 million patients. It uncovered "no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis in any defined age group, gender, batch or in any particular country.https://t.co/c6cLN2x9mz pic.twitter.com/doOroffURd— Dr Paul Mackey (@auscandoc) March 11, 2021
By Reuters Staff
OTTAWA, March 15 (Reuters) – Canadian health experts are sure all COVID-19 vaccines being administered in the country are safe, including those made by AstraZeneca PLC, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Monday.
Concerns in the EU that the AstraZeneca vaccine may be connected to adverse thromboembolic events in some recipients don't impact the safety or supply of this vaccine in Canada. The AstraZeneca vaccine available in Canada is safe and effective. Read more: https://t.co/8SgqyJRb75 pic.twitter.com/IatRkgf4iC— WDG Public Health (@WDGPublicHealth) March 12, 2021
Germany became the latest in a number of European nations that have stopped using AstraZeneca doses on Monday after reports of recipients falling ill.
“Our health experts … collect data continuously and they assure us that all the vaccines offered in Canada are safe and effective, including those from AstraZeneca,” Trudeau told a televised news conference in Montreal.
BREAKING/EXCLUSIVE: Canada will change its recommendations on the AstraZeneca vaccine and allow those over 65 to get it, according to several sources and finalized documents obtained by @CBCNews set to be released tomorrow #COVID19 #cdnhealth $AZN https://t.co/Gh8w2Ihg0R— Adam Miller (@adamsmiller) March 15, 2021
“We are obviously watching what is happening with a specific batch in Europe. We can reassure all Canadians that no AstraZeneca doses came from the same batch,” he said.
Canada approved the AstraZeneca vaccine last month and has ordered 20 million doses. Ottawa has also secured an additional 2 million doses through an agreement with the Serum Institute of India and expects to get them by mid-May.
Trudeau spoke at an event with Francois Legault, premier of the populous province of Quebec, who said the provincial health ministry felt the AstraZeneca vaccine posed no risks. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Richard Chang)