Europe’s Suspension of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine: For Science or Politics?

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Health Editor’s Note: If I had to pick one of the two reasons for suspension of the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, I would choose political since medically and scientifically there is no proof that this vaccine causes more blood clots than would normally occur across a population of people. It is a shame that politics can drive the responses to a global pandemic, but wait……..the U.S. has already been to that ‘party’….Carol 

Europe’s Vaccine Suspension May Be Driven as Much by Politics as Science

by Jason Horowitz and Benjamin Mueller/NYTimes.com

ROME — After days of touting the safety of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, Italy’s health minister, Roberto Speranza, took a call from his German counterpart on Monday and learned that Germany was concerned enough about a few cases of serious blood clots among some who had received the vaccine to suspend its use.

For Italy and its neighbors, that call could not have come at a worse time.

Their vaccine rollouts were already lagging because of shortages, and they were encouraging people to get those shots that were available. Only days earlier, Prime Minister Mario Draghi reassured Italians who had become wary of the AstraZeneca vaccine. “There is no clear evidence, clear correlation, that these events are linked to the administration of the vaccine,” he said.

But once Germany hit pause, the pressure mounted on other governments to do the same, lest public opinion punish them if they seemed incautious by comparison, and for the sake of a united European front.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. This whole long drawn out Covid-19 experience, in all of its many aspects, whether of medical “science,” governmental dictates or economic consequences, is all a carefully thought out exercise in societal control.

  2. Your comparative statistical analysis is valid based on the sample of vaccinated folks in that age group. No harm, no foul. So, if only 200 under age 18 died out of 3.3 million positive Covid tests, what will vaccinating that population accomplish? Zero deaths? Really? Significantly more people under age 18 die from preventable accidents than did from the pandemic in one year. That’s not being anti-vaxx. It’s just saying look at the various financial and intangible costs in your benefit analysis. But, ignoring the data in one case but not the other is less than honest.