Ontario reports 1st death related to VITT blood-clotting syndrome

British woman dies in Cyprus after AstraZeneca jab

Kenya to get 72000 Covid vaccine doses returned by South Sudan

This marks the first death in Ontario related to a potential side effect of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine called Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia or VITT.

South Sudan will return 72,000 doses of donated Covid-19 vaccines after concluding it can not administer the jabs before they expire, a health ministry official told AFP on Tuesday.

Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, says "a few" Toronto pharmacies received vaccine supply on Tuesday while the vast majority will be receiving their doses on Wednesday.

Yaffe said that Ontario has a total of 16 cases of thrombotic thrombocytopenia, of which 13 cases now meet the criteria for VITT.

Decisions about the AstraZeneca vaccine will be made by Wednesday evening after epidemiologists submitted their suggestions, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said.

His comments come as the Taoiseach said more than 2.5 million doses of Covid vaccine would be administered by the end of Tuesday.

Those who received their first dose between March 10 and 19 became eligible to book their second dose on Monday.

London officials at that time advised unvaccinated adults aged 30 to 39, who did not have an underlying health condition, saying they "should be preferentially offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine where this is possible", citing concerns in that country over links to rare blood clots. "So it's not that it's a hazard to get it earlier, it's just that the data we have is that it may not be as beneficial".

Though the recommended interval between shots is at least 12 weeks, the second injection is being offered to that group after 10 weeks in order to make use of the 45,000 doses nearing expiration.

Last month, South Sudan was considering disposing 60,000 expired vaccines it received as a donation through the African telecommunications company MTN and the African Union.

One individual even said that she called a dozen GTA pharmacies in search of an appointment after being told that her neighbourhood pharmacy wasn't being allocated vaccines this time around.

A spokeswoman for the health minister said many pharmacies and doctors would reach out to patients directly, and asked people to only contact participating pharmacies listed on the province's booking website.

Ontario has since said it will use the vaccine as a second dose only.

Labour leader Alan Kelly has urged the Government to change the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to protect those aged in their 60s from the Indian variant. "I will be honest and say I would be slightly concerned that we don't minimise the level of changes unless there is a very clear public health argument in favour of it because the vaccination programme really is working now", he told Deputy Kelly.

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