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Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine delayed in Thailand after blood clot concerns

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The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine rollout in Thailand is being delayed due to concerns over blood clots after several EU countries suspended their programmes. PM Prayut was supposed to mark the start of using the vaccines in Thailand today, but now his jab has been put off until more information is collected about the vaccine’s safety. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, a Covid-19 vaccine committee advisor says there is no rush.

“Vaccine injection for Thais must be safe, we do not have to be in a hurry.”

“Though the quality of AstraZeneca is good, some countries have asked for a delay. We will delay [as well].”

The news of the vaccine possibly being linked to blood clots comes after a 49 year old Austrian nurse died within days after receiving the Oxford jab. The woman allegedly died of severe blood coagulation problems leading Austria to stop using doses from 1 batch of the vaccine. Yesterday, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark followed suit by suspending the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Although there is no proven link between the vaccine and blood clots, Thai virologist Yong Poovarawan says the Thai government is waiting for Denmark and Austria to make a conclusion concerning the vaccine. Denmark has said the move to stop using the vaccine is purely precautionary. Yong says the batch that Thailand received was manufactured in a factory in Asia.

“We are delaying to let others prove [the side-effects] of whether or not it is because of the vaccine or if it is only on that specific batch.”

Thailand began its vaccination campaign last month with the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine with health workers being the first to receive the injections on February 28. The vaccine rollout is set to cover a majority of residents in Thailand’s tourism-heavy provinces as the country is striving to fully reopen in October.

SOURCE: The Guardian

 

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    Steve

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Why not does Thailand do its own reserch instead of picking up on what other countries are investing in reserch. Save a few Baht?

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    Craig

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    There can be side effects with any injection. If someone is waiting for a vaccine to be 100% ok, then don’t hold your breath. And, a “side effect” can be from something within that patient that has nothing to do with the vaccine. Anti vaxxers will disagree.

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    Ray

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Just as previous with the deaths of vaccinated elderly people in Swedish care homes, this is probably a false alarm. Vaccinated people are not immune for dying from other causes.

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    Alavan

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    So 1 death and 30 people with bloodcloth problems on 5million vaccinated people worldwide, and not even certain that the vaccin is culpable of this… looks like much ado about nothing.

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    Bobby m

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    It seems to me that the EU and competitors are hell bent on trying to discredit this vaccine.
    From the Greek reporter.
    The EMA noted that as of March 9, “22 cases of thromboembolic events had been reported among the 3 million people vaccinated with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in the European Economic Area.”
    More importantly.
    “The information available so far indicates that the number of thromboembolic events in vaccinated people is no higher than that seen in the general population.”
    Safety must of course come first, but let’s see what comes from the investigation. However, I have a sneaky feeling that once again it will be found there is no link.

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    Edy F.

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 5:41 am

    This satanic poison is made to kill people.

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    Khao Lak

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3:22 am

    big nonsense!

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    Phil

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Nearly 12million people have received the AstraZenica vaccine in the UK without a single problem, including myself. That it is mostly EU countries questioning AstraZenica makes me question their motives.
    There is no causal link between blood clots and the vaccine

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    James R

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Edy F.

    Very true so why do you keep on writing satanic poison?

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