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We Need to Talk About the AstraZeneca Vaccine

For the moment, reports of a very rare, dangerous blood disorder among recipients cannot be ignored.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is indispensable right now. As one of the first vaccines out of the gate, it’s been at the center of the World Health Organization’s plan to roll out some 2 billion doses to 92 nations by the end of the year. It’s also one of just a handful of vaccines that are already being produced and distributed on such a massive scale that they might change the near-term course of the pandemic.

That’s why the past few weeks have felt so catastrophic.

The run of bad news might have seemed, at first, to be short-lived. Earlier this month, regulators in more than 20 European countries suspended distribution of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The English-language media cited scattered reports of “blood clots” in recipients as the reason. A few days later, though, the European Medicines Agency’s expert committee weighed in to recommend the vaccine’s continued use. With COVID-19 case rates surging across Europe and more than 3,000 deaths a day, the group concluded that its benefits far outweighed any known or potential risks.

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by Anonymousreply 7Last Wednesday at 6:08 AM

Well, if the AstraZeneca vaccine has problems, I guess that means we should stop ALL vaccines, right?

I guess the anti-vaxxers were right all along, right?

by Anonymousreply 103/31/2021

I'm part of the AZ trial in the US and so far, in the 4 1/2 months I've been on it, I've had no issues to report. My biggest concern with it is that if it isn't approved for usage in the US, will I still be recognized as have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine by the state/feds for a vaccine passport for example or will I have to get a jab from another vaccine that has been approved.

by Anonymousreply 203/31/2021

AZ may be the best vaccine, ultimately.

by Anonymousreply 303/31/2021

I warned you!

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by Anonymousreply 403/31/2021

Germany has once again suspended using the AstraZeneca vaccine on anyone under the age of 60.

There seems to be a lot of ongoing bad press and issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine which is doing deep damage to public confidence in it.

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by Anonymousreply 503/31/2021

each side screaming "SCIENCE" at the other

by Anonymousreply 603/31/2021

EMA concluded that rare and deadly blood clots are a side effect from the vaccine and will now list it as a side effect. Great news. Kudos to the Norwegian doctors who were able to find the link.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Wednesday at 6:08 AM
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