So,you have probably seen headlines about the temporary suspension of COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Europe,and you might have some questions.
“Breaking “ science and health stories can be confusing and hard to follow.Here’s what we know about the pause in the rollout of the Oxford -AstraZeneca vaccine:
Several countries,including France,Germany and Italy in Europe,and the DRC in Africa,have paused or postponed the rollout of the Oxford -AstraZeneca vaccine as a “precautionary “ measure.This follows reports of blood clots in people who had received the vaccine
Precautionary means that scientists have not found evidence that the vaccine caused the issues-they just want more time to investigate.
Other countries,including the UK,Canada,and many African countries,are continuing their vaccine rollouts.
Health authorities in these countries,which have deployed millions of doses of vaccines ,have stated that they have not seen increased rates of blood clots reported after having the vaccine.
The European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization are concerned that pausing vaccine rollouts will cost lives.WHO is carefully reviewing the data ,and any changes will be communicated
Vaccines are key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and saving lives.Vaccines undergo rigorous safety testing in order to be approved for us by WHO and national governments-this includes the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
This is a developing story……More to come
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