Australia is checking if a blood clot was recorded in one of its hospitals today, Friday, as a result of the person receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine against the Coronavirus.
Fears are increasing in a country whose population is preparing to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine soon.
He was forty, and was transferred to a hospital in Melbourne after suffering a blood clot days after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, where he suffered blood clotting, and a decrease in the number of platelets and blood cells.
Australian Deputy Health Minister Michael Kidd said that investigators have not yet confirmed whether the AstraZeneca vaccine is linked to the case, but investigations are continuing.
The official added, in a televised press conference, that more matters will become clear tomorrow, Saturday.
Yesterday, Thursday, Britain detected 30 rare cases of blood clots after their owners received the AstraZeneca vaccine, and similar cases in other countries, including Canada, France, Germany and Spain led to limiting the use of the vaccine.
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration said earlier that the AstraZeneca vaccine had nothing to do with an increased risk of blood clots.
In a statement released Friday, the Australian Consulting Group on Immunization Technologies said that no increase in the incidence of common blood clots was observed after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.
In February, the Australian authorities launched a vaccination campaign for its 25 million people, most of whom are due to receive the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine.
And this past March, CSL Limited began producing 50 million doses of the vaccine domestically.
Australia has largely succeeded in tackling the Corona virus, by taking a number of measures such as imposing closures, closing borders, and speeding up tracking of infections.
Australia has recorded 909 deaths from COVID-19, while fewer than 29,300 cases have been recorded.
However, it found difficulties in distributing vaccines, and was unable to achieve the target rate in March by providing 3.3 million doses.
And it was recently detected in a number of countries that abnormal brain strokes occurred in a group of people after receiving a dose of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine.
Scientists and those responsible for regulating the safety of medicines around the world are trying to find out whether the vaccine actually causes these strokes, what the size of this risk and what the implications of that for vaccination programs.
And until this moment there is no definitive answer to that. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says it is “not proven yet but it is possible”.
The scientist is closely watching and verifying the data, but the results will not be completely clear for some time.
The World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency say the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the harm and risks.