Canberra, Australia (AP) —Thursday Australia has become the latest country to limit the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine by recommending that people under the age of 50 not be vaccinated.
The announcement came after Australian drug regulators held a series of emergency meetings earlier in the day. UK and European Union regulators have emphasized that the benefits of receiving the vaccine continue to outweigh the risks, but the European Medicines Agency has found a “potential link” between shots and rare blood clots. Most people who have been advised after mentioning.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he received a series of recommendations from the advisory group on Thursday night, most importantly that the Pfizer vaccine should be the preferred vaccine for people under the age of fifty.
Morrison said the recommendations were made with great care, as rare but serious side effects are primarily associated with young people.
“We have taken the necessary precautions based on the best possible medical advice,” Morrison said. “It wasn’t our habit to jump into the shadows.”
The Australian Immunization Technology Advisory Group also said that people under the age of 50 who received the first injection of AstraZeneca will develop rare blood clots only after the first dose, as medical advice shows that it is the second time. It was recommended to continue vaccination with.
The group stated that the first AstraZeneca shot should be given to people under the age of 50 only if the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.
Healthcare professionals under the age of 50 who were planning to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine will now be able to prioritize the Pfizer vaccine, which may delay the vaccination process.
In fact, Australia’s vaccine strategy planned for most people to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Opposition politicians said the findings of European institutions highlighted the dangers of Australia’s failure to secure vaccine deals with other suppliers.
The move in Australia took place after British authorities recommended that adults under the age of 30 not receive the AstraZeneca vaccine as much as possible. Some other countries also impose restrictions.
Such restrictions make vaccines cheaper and easier to store than many other vaccines important for global vaccination campaigns and are known as COVAX aimed at delivering vaccines to the poorest people in the world. It is closely monitored as it is a pillar of the United Nations Assistance Program. Country.