In a stinging rebuke to AstraZeneca, the EU has announced plans to negotiate a massive contract extension for Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine, saying the bloc had to go with companies that had shown their value in the pandemic.
The Pfizer and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines generate similar antibody responses among over-80s five weeks after receiving the first dose, according to research.
A major UK study looking at whether Covid-19 vaccines can be safely mixed for the first and second doses is being expanded to include two additional jabs.
German health authorities are recommending that people under the age of 60 who have already received one shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine use a different vaccine for their second dose amid concerns over blood clots.
A study looking at whether the Oxford/Astrazeneca and Pfizer coronavirus vaccines can be safely mixed for the first and second doses will be expanded to include two additional jabs.
Boris Johnson has warned that the easing of lockdown restrictions will “inevitably” lead to more infections and deaths as the NHS moved to the next stage of vaccine rollout by inviting people aged between 45 and 50 to book an appointment.
The NHS website for booking Covid-19 vaccine appointments appeared to temporarily crash after people aged over 45 were offered jabs.
The NHS has invited people over the age of 45 to book their Covid-19 vaccine appointment.
The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to under 50s in England could begin imminently as the deadline to offer the jab to highest risk group approaches.
South Korea has said it will resume administering AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine to all eligible people between the ages of 30 and 60.
A scientist advising the Government has insisted blood clots potentially associated with coronavirus vaccines are “extraordinarily rare events” and reminded the public that no medicine is completely free of side-effects.
French health officials have said that people under 55 who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should get other vaccines for their second shot because of an extremely rare risk of a blood clotting disorder.
Giving under-30s an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab will not delay the target of offering all adults a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of July, Scotland’s national clinical director has said.
Australia became the latest country to restrict use of the AstraZeneca vaccine by recommending that it not be given to people under age 50.
A pharmacist whose brother died of a blood clot doctors said was probably caused by his Covid-19 vaccine says she “strongly believed” people should continue to have the jab.
Scots are being reassured the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is safe after UK regulators said there is a possible link between the jab and “extremely rare” blood clots.
More than 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine have been sent from the UK to Australia, according to reports.
The vaccination programme in Scotland is still on track despite restrictions being put on the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sought to reassure the public the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe after UK regulators said there was a possible link between the jab and “extremely rare” blood clots.
There was “enough doubt” over the risks of the AstraZeneca vaccine in under-30s to advise alternative jabs for younger age groups, the deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said.
The benefits of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh any risks for most people, the UK medicines watchdog has said, as European regulators ruled that unusual blood clots were “very rare side effects” of the jab.
The UK medicines regulator has said benefits of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh any risks, but added that under-30s will be offered an alternative jab.
Medicine regulators have concluded that people under the age of 30 should be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab, after a study linked the vaccine to a rare form of blood clot.
The Moderna coronavirus vaccine is the third jab to be rolled out in the UK.
Downing Street has insisted all adults will be offered a coronavirus vaccine by the end of July as planned despite official estimates of supplies being sharply downgraded.
Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, or so the song says, though I feel this is true of all the UK nations.
Boris Johnson has hailed another milestone in the coronavirus vaccine rollout as the number of people receiving their second jab passed the five-million mark.
The evidence is shifting towards a causal link between rare blood clots and the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, according to an expert.
The Dutch government has said it is temporarily halting AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccinations for people under 60 following reports of a very small number of people suffering unusual blood clots after receiving the shot.
British regulators said they have identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine but stressed the benefits of the jab in preventing coronavirus outweigh any risks.