Belgium on Wednesday introduced it’s proscribing AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to over 55s solely, following a discovering by the EU’s medication regulator of a hyperlink with uncommon types of blood clots.
The suspension of the jab for adults aged 18 to 55 is predicated on “latest scientific recommendation,” the well being ministry stated in a press release, including that folks in that age bracket could be supplied jabs from BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna as an alternative.
Not like another EU nations, Belgium had not beforehand restricted the usage of AstraZeneca for adults, adhering to a suggestion from the European Medicines Company, which finds its profit outweighs the dangers.
The assertion stated that the change in Belgium “can have little to no affect on the vaccination marketing campaign underneath approach, as aged individuals are at present being vaccinated”.
It stated the choice, made in an interministerial assembly earlier Wednesday, will likely be reviewed in 4 weeks’ time.
Explaining the choice, the well being ministry stated that the AstraZeneca vaccine “considerably reduces the dangers of hospitalisation and dying” in folks aged 56 and over.
Below that age, the advantages of the AstraZeneca jab had been nonetheless “massive” however that different vaccines had been more and more accessible and supplied a greater profit/danger ratio.
It estimated that, in Belgium, there was a theoretical danger of a uncommon blood clot after an AstraZeneca injection for 1.four circumstances per 700,000 doses within the over-55 age vary.
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