Ahead of the Olympics, Japan’s vaccine minister says he fears a virus uptick in Tokyo

Astrazeneca’s Covid vaccine is ‘very important’ for Japan, says ministerJapan is working closely with the International Olympic Committee to prepare for the Games and despite concerns about Covid-19 cases flaring, there are no plans to postpone, said Japan’s minister in charge of vaccinations. “Unless they decide otherwise, we just simply need to prepare for the… Continue reading Ahead of the Olympics, Japan’s vaccine minister says he fears a virus uptick in Tokyo

Everyone here is confused’: Europe’s see-sawing over AstraZeneca’s vaccine is stoking doubts

There are signs that Europe’s diverging — and changing — usage rules when it comes to the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford are sowing further confusion and mistrust among citizens. Not only have EU citizens had to contend with a barrage of negative sentiment toward the vaccine, even from top… Continue reading Everyone here is confused’: Europe’s see-sawing over AstraZeneca’s vaccine is stoking doubts

EU steps up vaccine exports rules and pressures AstraZeneca over deliveries

The European Union has stepped up tough rules on the exports of Covid vaccines, while also piling pressure on AstraZeneca to deliver more shots to the region. It comes as the region’s sluggish vaccine rollout faces scrutiny, despite the EU continuing to export millions of coronavirus shots abroad. In an attempt to have a stronger… Continue reading EU steps up vaccine exports rules and pressures AstraZeneca over deliveries

Basically In A New Pandemic,’ Says Merkel, As Germany Extends Lockdown

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), Bavaria's State Premier Markus Soeder (R) and Berlin's Mayor Michael Mueller (L) participate in a press conference following talks via video conference with Germany's state premiers on the extension of the current lockdown, at the Chancellery in Berlin on March 23, 2021. - Germany will enter a strict shutdown for five days over Easter in a bid to halt soaring coronavirus infection rates, Chancellor Angela Merkel said March 23, 2021, after marathon talks with regional leaders. As well as extending existing measures including keeping cultural, leisure and sporting facilities shut through to April 18, Merkel and Germany's 16 state premiers agreed a tougher shutdown between April 1 and 5. (Photo by Michael Kappeler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL KAPPELER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday announced an intensified coronavirus lockdown going into Easter, warning that new mutations raised the specter of a potentially deadly “third wave” of COVID-19 as Europe struggles in its vaccination campaign. Speaking early Tuesday, Merkel said restrictions would be extended until April 18. She called on citizens to stay home… Continue reading Basically In A New Pandemic,’ Says Merkel, As Germany Extends Lockdown

AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Data Questioned By Safety Board

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine stand in a fridge at the locale vaccine center in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany, Monday, March 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

A safety board overseeing AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trial is raising concerns about the company’s data. In an unusual post-midnight statement, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the Data Safety and Monitoring Board, which monitors the trial, is concerned “outdated information” may have been included in the trial results. If the pharmaceutical company… Continue reading AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Data Questioned By Safety Board

Indonesia will restart AstraZeneca vaccines when regulators give the go ahead, health minister says

Indonesia will resume its use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as soon as regulators give the go ahead that it’s safe, the country’s health minister said. Southeast Asia’s largest economy halted the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine — co-developed with the University of Oxford — after more than a dozen countries in Europe suspended the vaccine… Continue reading Indonesia will restart AstraZeneca vaccines when regulators give the go ahead, health minister says

Sweden, Venezuela Are Latest Countries To Question AstraZeneca Vaccine

Doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine are stored at the Foch hospital in Suresnes, on February 6, 2021, on the start of a vaccination campaign for health workers with the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine. - The top French medical authority Haute autorité de Santé has approved the vaccine for use in France, but only for people under 65, echoing decisions made in Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland over concerns about a lack of data on the effectiveness of the vaccine for over 65s. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)

Sweden is the latest European country to temporarily suspend the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca following reports of abnormal blood clotting in its recipients. Venezuela on Monday announced it wouldn’t authorize the use of the vaccine in the country at all following those reports. The Swedish Public Health Agency said early Tuesday,… Continue reading Sweden, Venezuela Are Latest Countries To Question AstraZeneca Vaccine

Ireland Joins List Of Countries Pausing Use Of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Clinical Pharmacist Ellie Morton prepares to administer the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine at the community vaccination centre at Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus on March 12, 2021 in London, England. Working in partnership with two local Primary Care Networks, South West London CCG and Kingston Council, the University has repurposed an area of its Penrhyn Road campus into a 10-station vaccination site. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Ireland has temporarily suspended administration of a COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca following reports of abnormal blood clotting in several people. The move comes after countries including Italy, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Latvia suspended, delayed or limited rollout of the vaccine over safety concerns. The AstraZeneca vaccine, made in conjunction with the University of… Continue reading Ireland Joins List Of Countries Pausing Use Of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

WHO insists AstraZeneca vaccine safe as jab faces new setbacks

Published ‌The World Health Organization said there was no reason to stop using AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 jab after several countries suspended rollout over blood clot fears, while the hard-hit United States exceeded 100 million doses of vaccine administered to its people. The WHO, which said its vaccines advisory committee was examining the safety data coming in,… Continue reading WHO insists AstraZeneca vaccine safe as jab faces new setbacks

More countries suspend AstraZeneca vaccinations over blood clot fears: What we know so far

The coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has now been suspended in a number of countries across Europe and Asia, following reports of blood clots in some vaccinated people. Many other nations, however, have defended their use of the shot and said they will continue their respective inoculation campaigns. Thailand on… Continue reading More countries suspend AstraZeneca vaccinations over blood clot fears: What we know so far