National panel advises provinces not to use AstraZeneca vaccine on seniors

03 Mars, 2021, 15:16 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • A medical worker receives the first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine Covid-19 at the National Medical Centre vaccination centre in Seoul

The study suggests that a single dose of either of the two vaccines now approved for use in the U.K.is more than 80 percent effective at preventing hospitalization, around three to four weeks after the jab.

As of Saturday, 4.55 million people had received at least one shot of an AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

An AstraZeneca spokesman in Seoul said the company had no comment at present.

Oxford-AstraZeneca reported about 62 per cent effectiveness at preventing COVID-19, while Pifzer-BioNTech and Moderna have said the efficacy of their vaccines is about 95 per cent.

The country authorised the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines. "I see this huge, huge benefit of vaccinating young people, particularly people with high contact, essential workers, sooner".

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Both Health Canada and the committee stress no safety concerns have arisen in the clinical studies or among the millions of seniors who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in other countries.

The first batch of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in Taiwan. However, she did urge people to take the shot when they are feeling in good health.

In a statement issued on Monday afternoon, Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said that the province is "actively engaged" with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) regarding potential updated direction on second dose intervals with "the goal of pursuing a similar direction to British Columbia". "Next week, we are set to receive more than 900,000 vaccines being Pfizer and Moderna vaccines".

"The more vaccines that we can get out, the more robust we're going to be, the more reopenings we're going to have, the more social and economic activity we're going to enjoy and the less pandemic we're going to have".

The panel's advice helps provincial governments determine how best to use the vaccines available to them but provinces can make their own calls about what to do.

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