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Denmark, Iceland, and Norway have suspended their country's use of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines, this after some people who received the jab later developed blood clots.

Now, as a precautionary measure, the deployment of allotments of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the three Nordic countries has been halted. It raises questions about the efficacy and safety of this particular vaccine, a vaccine that has already begun to be rolled out in Belize.

And with over 2,500 of our citizens having received at least one dose it's news that could raise alarm bells in an already wary public.

But how worried should you be? We put the question to Public Health Specialist Dr. Marcelo Coyi this afternoon and he told us that blood clots and pulmonary embolisms are a common cause of death and that if the vaccines are to be blamed a link between shot and side effect would have to be established.

Cherisse Halsall

"The comment we're seeking this morning is on the Astra Zeneca vaccine, we've heard that countries like Denmark, Norway, and Austria have had to suspend the use of the vaccine after one or two of their citizens have died of blood clots. We've just started to rollout Astra Zeneca here in Belize and we know that over 2000 Belizeans have got it, should we be concerned? Should we be looking at suspending the vaccine for now?"

Dr. Marcelo Coyi - Public Health Specialist

"I would say definitely not, definitely not we are having our own surveillance here, we give a card to the people that get the vaccine and they have a number to call. If they have any serious side effects we are having our own surveillance system, you have to remember and you have to put things in context no that one of the commonest causes of death is clots, particularly those that go to the lungs we call it pulmonary embolism and that is gonna happen in the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated persons. Anybody who is obese for example has an increased incidence of blood clots, anybody who has other cancers for example has an increased risk of blood clots, and so there are pre-existing conditions that cause blood clots. We need to have that association causal link then to say that one is causing the other. What we need to do is to recognize it. If it happens then we need to investigate is as to how the people in Denmark are doing it no but you remember that millions of doses of AstraZeneca has been given I think in England alone there are over 6 million doses and they haven't had those serious side effects so yes we have to be aware of it but we shouldn't be alarmed about it."

And despite those halts, The European Medicines Agency has said the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine can continue to be used.

And in a statement released yesterday, the EMA says quote: " 30 cases of "thrombo-embolic events" or blood clots had been reported among 5 million people who had received the jab in Europe so far. "The vaccine's benefits continue to outweigh its risks. " End quote.

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WHO says no link between AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots

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Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is 'safe and effective,' European Medicines Agency rules

LONDON - The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is safe to use, the European Medicines Agency said Thursday after a number of countries, including Germany, France and Italy, suspended it over concerns about blood clots in some recipients.

Executive Director Emer Cooke told a news briefing that her agency's expert committee on the safety of medicines has "come to a clear scientific conclusion" on the review of cases of blood clots in people vaccinated with the drug.

"This is a safe and effective vaccine," she said. "Its benefits in protecting people from Covid-19, with the associated risks of death and hospitalization, outweigh the possible risks."

Cooke added that the vaccine was not associated with an increase in the overall risk of blood clots, but during the investigation the committee had seen a small number of "rare and unusual, but very serious clotting disorders," which had triggered a more focused review.

"Based on the evidence available and after days of in-depth analysis of lab results, clinical reports, autopsy reports and further information from the clinical trials, we still cannot rule out definitively a link between these cases and the vaccine," she said.

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It was reported today thar Astra-zeneca vaccine is 79% effective. And 100% effective on hospitalization possibilities.

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