Canada Suspends AstraZeneca Vaccine for People Under 55 Following Reports of Blood Clots

Comes as vaccine rollout was paused in over 15 European countries over blood clots

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Federal health authorities in Canada are set to stop distribution of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine jab for people under the age of 55 citing concerns over blood clots.

The CBC on Monday said they’d received reports from anonymous sources claiming the government was expected to issue the new guidance later today, explaining, “The expected change in guidance comes following reports of rare blood clots in some immunized patients.”

The Canadian Province of Prince Edward Island on Monday also announced it would cancel appointments and suspend vaccinations for people aged 18-29, but did not give a reason why.

Canadian health authority Health Canada last week updated its label for the AstraZeneca vaccine to warn about the possibility of “very rare” blood clots, which have been sometimes fatal for some.

Canada’s vaccine suspension comes as over 15 European countries, including Germany, Norway, Italy, Denmark, Ireland and Thailand, all suspended distribution of AstraZeneca’s vaccine after several people developed “serious cases of blood clots.”

Last week, German researchers reported finding a link between the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and the rare blood clotting, which they said could be treated with common blood clot medications.

A Norwegian doctor earlier this month also claimed to have found a link between the jab and the blood clots after three health care workers under the age of 50 were hospitalized after taking the vaccines, alleging they could stem from a strong autoimmune response to the vaccine.

Meanwhile, AstraZeneca vaccine approval in the US has hit a speed bump as a scientific panel claimed the company had presented “outdated and potentially misleading” data concerning the shot’s effectiveness.

“The DSMB is concerned that AstraZeneca chose to use data that was already outdated and potentially misleading in their news release,” the letter from the NIH’s Data and Safety Monitoring Board stated. “…[T]hey chose to release was the most favorable for the study as opposed to the most recent and most complete. Decisions like this are what erode public trust in the scientific process.”

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