EMA, 18일 아스트라제네카 백신 혈전 조사결과 발표
European Medicines Agency will soon release its findings on the AstraZeneca vaccine,… following several reports of blood clots among recipients.
South Korea has no plans to halt the AZ shots as the country gear up its vaccination program.
Kim Sung-min brings the updates.
As countries around Europe are still waiting for further clarification on the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine,… the European Medicines Agency, the European Union’s top drug regulator, will announce its findings on Thursday.
This comes as some 13 countries in Europe have suspended the use of the vaccine following reports of blood clots among recipients.
Denmark was first to halt the jab, and soon others including Norway, Germany and France joined suit.
Amid fears over possible side effects, earlier on Tuesday, the EMA said it is still “firmly convinced” of the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The WHO on Wednesday has also said that the side effects are not necessarily linked to the vaccine itself.
“The use of the vaccine far outweighs the risks, we know that vaccines that are out there are safe and effective and it is really important that individuals get vaccinated when it’s your turn, when you are offered.”
However, despite these comments, countries have still been hesitant to resume the vaccinations.
They are expected to decide whether to resume the rollout following the results of the EMA’s investigation on Thursday.
Meanwhile, South Korea has reported its second case of blood clots in someone who had received the vaccine.
A man in his 20s reported the symptoms but the case is still under investigation.
The government made it clear that the vaccination rollout will continue as planned, as there is no indication that vaccinations caused these blood clots.
And a part of that plan which will soon follow is the inoculation of teachers.
Some 64-thousand teachers in the country working either at special schools for disabled children or as in-school health teachers will start receiving the jab from April.
490-thousand kindergarten and elementary school first and second grade teachers will be inoculated from June, and other teachers will start receiving their vaccines in July.
High school seniors are also expected to get their shots during the summer vacation,… so that they can generate immunity before September when college entrance examinations begin.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News
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2021-03-18, 22:00 (KST)