SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia has no present plans to alter the rollout of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned on Thursday, after Europe’s drug regulator discovered potential hyperlinks between uncommon blood clots and the vaccine.
“At this level, there isn’t any recommendation to counsel there could be any change to the rollout of the vaccine,” Morrison instructed reporters in Canberra.
The European Medicines Company on Wednesday mentioned it discovered uncommon circumstances of blood clots amongst some grownup vaccine recipients, though it mentioned the vaccine’s benefits nonetheless outweighed the dangers.
Australian authorities have ordered an pressing inquiry into findings from Europe’s drug regulator with Morrison anticipating updates in a while Thursday from the medicines regulator and the immunisation advisory group.
The newest findings from the European regulator prompted Britain to advocate that folks below 30 ought to get an alternate coronavirus vaccine, whereas Italy urged AstraZeneca photographs ought to solely be used on these over 60.
“These two suggestions can be delivered to the desk at the moment and checked out within the Australian context,” Australia Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly instructed the Australian Broadcasting Corp tv.
However Kelly mentioned the weird blood clots amongst some vaccine recipients have been “extraordinarily uncommon”, and that the AstraZeneca doses have been protected and efficient for most individuals.
The EU choice may additional complicate Australia’s immunisation programme, which is greater than 80% behind its authentic schedule, because it depends closely on the AstraZeneca photographs to vaccinate its close to 26 million inhabitants.
Australian authorities had pledged to manage at the least 4 million first doses by the tip of March, however may solely ship 670,000. The federal government blamed provide points from Europe for the delay.
It’s seeking to ramp up the immunisation programme from regionally produced AstraZeneca vaccines, with 50 million doses set to be produced in Australia by CSL Ltd.
Australia started vaccinations a lot later than another international locations as a result of low COVID-19 case numbers, recording just below 29,400 infections and 909 deaths for the reason that pandemic started.
(Reporting by Renju Jose; Enhancing by Stephen Coates and Michael Perry)
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