South Sudan to return 72,000 Covid vaccines to Covax

South Sudan to return 72,000 Covid vaccines to Covax

While the investigation is still ongoing, Dr. Yaffe said the man had vaccine induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia or VITT at the time of his death - the rare blood clots associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Williams said last week that those who got their first dose of AstraZeneca between March 10 and March 19 during a pilot project at some pharmacies and doctors' offices will be prioritized for the second dose.

"There is a small connection of thrombosis in women under 40 with the AstraZeneca vaccine", Panagiotopoulou said, but health experts in Cyprus stopped short of pointing to a medical mechanism or health factor that could cause the rare blood clot.

Mr Kelly urged the Government to reduce the waiting period between AstraZeneca doses to protect the older people who are more vulnerable to the disses.

Timelines for getting the second vaccine dose are uncertain due to a shortage occasioned by delays by Covax.

His comments come as the Taoiseach said more than 2.5 million doses of Covid vaccine would be administered by the end of Tuesday.

"These are early second appointments based on remaining [AstraZeneca doses] that expire on May 31", Bates says.

If the arguments presented are not deemed satisfactory, Ioannou said that the ministry will turn to sources overseas for a risk assessment, following the example of the United Kingdom and a number of European Union countries that have either stopped using the specific vaccine or imposed age restrictions. "So it's not that it's a hazard to get it earlier, it's just that the data we have is that it may not be as beneficial".

The recommended interval between AstraZeneca shots is at least 12 weeks, but the second injection is being offered to the first group of recipients after 10 weeks in Ontario to use up the province's stockpile.

Public Health England (PHE) said on Saturday that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was roughly 88% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 from the variant, two weeks after the second dose.

Val Logan, 60, says she called the Toronto pharmacy where she got her first shot to ensure she was on a waitlist for the second dose but was directed to call another location to make her appointment.

"There's a plan to deliver back 72,000 doses to Covax", Angelo Goup Thon, the head of Covid-19 operations at the health ministry, told AFP.

Yaffe said those who received a first dose of AstraZeneca made the right choice.

"I want to take this opportunity to reiterate that those who received AstraZeneca vaccine should feel very confident in their decision", she said. "I will be honest and say I would be slightly concerned that we don't minimise the level of changes unless there is a very clear public health argument in favour of it because the vaccination programme really is working now", he told Deputy Kelly.

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