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Australia Restricts AstraZeneca COVID shot for 60+ people

Australia has banned the AstraZeneca vaccine for 60+ people due to the risk of blood clots.

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Australia has banned the AstraZeneca vaccine for 60+ people due to the risk of blood clots.

The move has further created fear in public regarding vaccination. AstraZeneca previously faced criticism for its non-efficiency. It has been reported to cause blood clots which have also caused the death of various people. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the vaccine previously recommended for use in people aged 50 and up would no longer be offered to people over the age of 60.

Australia’s low case rate and ability to acquire other vaccines mean the very low risk of developing a blood clot now outweighs the possible benefits, said Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly, similar reasoning used by the U.K. when it first restricted the use of AstraZeneca shots in younger people in April.

Other countries including Spain, New Zealand, and Portugal restricted the use of Astra as it was rendered unsafe for use. Italy and Greece also moved to restrict the vaccine’s use in the over-60s this week, citing similar concerns over blood clots and local progress in managing the pandemic.  

AstraZeneca vaccine was manufactured on the formula of messenger RNA. Haiti is the only country that has not received any vaccine as of yet it was offered AstraZeneca which was rejected by the state health department.

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