Despite reports of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) finding a possible link to very rare cases of unusual blood clots with low blood platelets to the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 jab, there were no reported blood clots on people inoculated with the said vaccine in the Philippines, Dr. Ted Herbosa, special adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19 told the Daily Tribune.
“No such blood clotting adverse events have been reported in the Philippines,” he said.
Herbosa, however, said there were “many” adverse effects reported but these were mostly minor and does not require hospitalizations.
“What are being investigated are so called moderate to severe adverse events regarding of the outcome,” he noted.
Herbosa explained to the Daily Tribune that the Food and Drugs Administration order temporarily suspending the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals aged below 60 years old was triggered because of the recommendation of the EMA
“The FDA order is temporary suspension of AstraZeneca was triggered by the reports from EU EMA,” he said.
He added that this is a safety measure of the regulatory agency when using experimental vaccines like AstraZeneca. He also said that it will be studied and reviewed by experts.
The FDA said it is already fast-tracking the revised guidelines for the AstraZeneca vaccine which is expected to be completed this week.
It added that it is currently waiting for the recommendation of its panel of vaccine experts and other related agencies.
The EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) has concluded last week that unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects of Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca.
In a statement, the EMA is reminding healthcare professionals and people receiving the vaccine to remain aware of the possibility of very rare cases of blood clots combined with low levels of blood platelets occurring within 2 weeks of vaccination.
The Department of Health (DoH) said all 525,6000 doses of AstraZeneca jabs donated by the COVAX Facility have been administered.
The latest figures from the DoH shown the Philippines has vaccinated 922,000 individuals, more than 493,000 of whom got the AstraZeneca vaccine.
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