Australian drug regulators are holding an emergency meeting after European authorities have confirmed the link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots.
In the UK, because of the risk of blood clots, we provide alternative vaccines to people under the age of 30.
Although the European Medicines Agency has not made specific recommendations, it has been found that women and people under the age of 60 are at increased risk of developing rare side effects.
Given that most Australians are set up to receive AstraZeneca jabs, advice can pose a significant threat to Australia’s vaccine strategy.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said Australian regulators are reviewing the findings.
“The recommendations will be brought to the table today to review the situation in Australia,” he said Thursday.
“The AstraZeneca vaccine is effective and very safe for most people. There is this very rare event and some people seem to be associated with that particular vaccine. 4 in 1 million is.
“The advantage is that the vaccine is very effective in preventing COVID disease and can be severe and fatal, especially in the elderly.”
The federal government is calling on the Immunization Advisory Group and national health regulators to review the recommendations.
The findings will also be discussed between state and federal health ministers and at the next National Cabinet meeting on Friday.
Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese said advice on AstraZeneca highlighted the dangers of Australia’s failure to secure vaccine deals with other suppliers.
Albanese said the government had spent a full year preparing for the vaccine deployment.
“The federal government should have secured more deals. There are no deals in Modana. There are no deals in Johnson and Johnson,” Labor leaders told reporters.
He said those vaccines are being deployed in the United States and the United Kingdom.
“Scott Morrison is always happy to play the trumpet about what’s going on. Australians are worried. Australians are better than the” she’s the right companion “approach.” Mr Albanese said.
Senator Matt Canavan also believes that the government should secure more vaccine deals.
“We need to get more of the other types of COVID vaccines so that we can offer the same options that the UK does for young people,” he said.