The country of Ireland has announced that they will be banning the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The country released a statement on Sunday saying that the call came from “out an abundance of caution.”
Ireland’s National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) advised a short time of temporary banning of the vaccine until more data is brought forth from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) which should be available in the next coming days.
However, pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca has said out of the 17 million plus Europeans that had been vaccinated, no evidence came about proving the ineffectiveness or danger of the vaccine.
Ireland joins a list of countries that put a temporary ban on the vaccine which includes: Denmark, Norway, Thailand and Ireland.
These countries said that the vaccine was was suspended due to some reactions that included blood clotting. There has yet to be evidence that proves that AstraZeneca’s vaccine legitimately causes clotting issues, or that the clotting that some vaccinated people are experiencing right now is connected to the vaccine at all.
Select countries across Europe are taking these measures just out of extreme precaution in order to wait for more evidence from scientists that proves the safety of this specific batch vaccine.
After the Irish leaders received some reports of clotting which could be connected to some that have recently been seen around Europe but nothing as severe as the cases in Norway, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said.
Fox News reports that Glynn said in Norwegian cases, a group of four odd clotting events in the brain for thirty to forty year-olds made concern and suspicion rise.
“It may be nothing, we may be overreacting and I sincerely hope that in a week’s time that we will have been accused of being overly-cautious,” Glynn told the local press.
“Hopefully we will have data to reassure us in a few short days and we will be back up and running with this.” The Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn went on and said.
The AstraZeneca vaccine makes up 20% of the almost 600,000 shots that are distributed in Ireland. The vaccine has been given priority to healthcare workers and those who are 70 and older.
Current evidence suggests that the vaccine has no correlation to the blood clots that are being reported across Europe. An investigation has been opened by the UK medicine regulator which will review the side effects and see if there is any connection between clotting blood and the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Since the UK relies heavily on the AstraZeneca vaccine, this could be a significant deterrence to their vaccine roll out plan.
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