Philippines suspends use of AstraZeneca jab for people under 60



The Philippines on Thursday temporarily suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for those under the age of 60 following reports from overseas of rare blood clots in some recipients.

The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called the suspension a precautionary measure to keep every Filipino safe.

The FDA noted that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has now recommended that blood clots be listed as a very rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Several European countries and Canada have also put in place age restrictions due to a handful of cases of blood clots reported in younger people.

“Although we have not seen any such incidents in the country, the FDA has recommended temporarily suspending the use of the vaccine for people under the age of 60 pending the results of the review by our local experts,” as well as official guidelines. WHO (World Health Organization), ” FDA Director General Eric Domingo said.

The Philippines had received a first shipment of 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through the WHO-COVAX center.

This is the second brand of vaccine delivered to the Philippines; the other is Sinovac from China.

As of April 6, nearly 923,000 doses of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines had been administered across the country.

The Philippines reported 9,216 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 828,366 with 14,119 deaths.

Meanwhile, Malaysia may reconsider using the AstraZeneca jab, the minister in charge of the country’s immunization program said on Thursday.

Responding to the EMA’s assessment, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin, said the government vaccination committee “will deliberate on the matter and decide whether we will continue to use AZ in our vaccine portfolio “. (dpa / NAN)


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