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General News of Thursday, 11 March 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

See why Denmark has stopped using the Astrazeneca vaccine currently being administered in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari receives coronavirus jab President Muhammadu Buhari receives coronavirus jab

Due to several concerns surrounding fatal blood clots, Denmark has suspended the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Denmark’s Health Minister, Magnus Heunicke said in a tweet translated from Danish: “The health authorities have, due to precautionary measures, suspended vaccination with AstraZeneca following a signal of a possible serious side effect in the form of fatal blood clots.

“It is currently not possible to conclude whether there is a connection. We act early, it needs to be thoroughly investigated.”

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was approved by Danish health officials on March 5for people aged over 65, citing evidence from a Scottish study.

Heunicke did not specify where the blood clot concerns had come from, Newsweek said.

The online platform said it has contacted the Danish Health Authority for comment.

On March 7, Austrian authorities suspended one particular batch of AstraZeneca COVID jabs—batch number ABV5300—after one person died and another became ill after receiving doses.

The death was due to multiple thrombosis, a formation of blood clots in blood vessels, and the illness was a pulmonary embolism, according to Newsweek.

The European Medicines Agency said on March 10 there was no indication vaccination had caused the conditions.

Denmark has so far administered 759,160 doses of COVID vaccines so far, according to Reuters analysis.

Background

Nigeria on Friday, March 5, 2021, commenced its coronavirus vaccination as a medical doctor, Dr. Cyprian Nyong, of the National Hospital, Abuja, is expected to receive a jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, flagged off the exercise on behalf of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, described the moment as a “watershed”

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, also said it was crucial “to first cater for those who cater for us”.

Nigeria had on Tuesday received about four million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine shipped into the country through the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport.

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