Alberta to stop giving first doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Alberta to stop giving first doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Alberta to stop giving first doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Health officials say their decision was also influenced by the high and reliable supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Her office confirmed Tuesday the numbers are still accurate.

Dr. Eddy Lang, department head of emergency medicine at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, says there appears to be no definitive evidence as to whether mixing and matching separate vaccine doses is a good idea but says the uncertainty is no reason to delay getting an initial vaccination.

However, over last few days, there have been increased reports of VITT, with a rate of 1.7 per 100,000 doses administered.

Ontario says it has 49,280 doses of the shot remaining in the province out of over 707,000 received.

The EU's executive branch has launched legal proceedings in Belgium against the firm for what it believes amounts to a breach of contract after AstraZeneca failed to deliver doses of its coronavirus vaccine in a timely manner.

The legal action piles further pressure on AstraZeneca after a link was made between its vaccine and very rare but often fatal blood clots coupled with low platelet levels.

"AstraZeneca probably stimulates what we call the cell mediated immunity, or the memory cells, a little bit better than the mRNA". He said the province is not certain as to when or if more AstraZeneca doses will arrive.

Of the more than two million people vaccinated with AstraZeneca in Canada, 12 have been were diagnosed with vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), and three of them died.

"We're moving into a place now where we can use the [mRNA]". If a fine would spur the company to meet its obligations "we could ask them to pay a fine".

AstraZeneca's contract with the European Union, which was signed by the Commission on behalf of the member countries last August, foresaw an initial 300 million doses for distribution among member countries, with an option for a further 100 million.

"So I can not say when that will happen or what will be done exactly as we go forward on this", Smith said when asked whether the USA was going to make available the AstraZeneca vaccine doses to India on an urgent basis.

Henry described AstraZeneca as "the vaccine that can't get a break" due to the controversy around it.

Briefing journalists, he said the Indian government has given the U.S. a list of raw materials - "we have received a list from the Government of India with a lot of raw materials and other materials that are needed for manufacture of vaccines here in India".

NACI said the same thing about Johnson & Johnson on May 3.

Quebec has guaranteed to give residents a second dose within four months of their first. "I fully expect to get a second shot when I'm advised that I'm ready to go and I know my spouse feels the same way", said the premier.

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