NACI Offers New Advice For 2nd AstraZeneca Shots

The use of the Astra Zeneca vaccine for second doses is permitted in Saskatchewan

The use of the Astra Zeneca vaccine for second doses is permitted in Saskatchewan

Ontarians who got a first shot of Oxford-AstraZeneca were cancelling appointments for second doses of that vaccine following new guidance from a national advisory group, pharmacists dealing with scrapped bookings said Friday.

By providing this information the population will be able to know how many took the AstraZeneca vaccine and Sinopharm vaccine and are now fully vaccinated.

"If people move away from AstraZeneca, it's going to sit in the fridges because nobody wants it".

Lawyers for the European Commission said that they won on "principle", while AstraZeneca highlighted that the court had dismissed E.U. demands over deliveries and acknowledged difficulties the company faced in an "unprecedented situation".

"If you had AstraZeneca for your first dose, you can safely take either AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection", she said.

AstraZeneca initially committed in a contract with the European Union to do its best to deliver 300 million doses to the 27-nation bloc by the end of June, but production problems led the company to revise down its target to 100 million.

"To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, Ontarians should get vaccinated as soon as they can and book their second dose as soon as they are eligible".

But some continue to share that they are comfortable getting two doses of AstraZeneca. He said those who are skeptical about vaccines should talk to their family doctor, or family and friends who have gotten theirs.

Kyro Maseh, owner of a Pharmasave in Toronto, said he was frustrated over the shifting messages on AstraZeneca and the impact that had on his operations.

But AstraZeneca argued that the challenges of producing and delivering the vaccine could not have been foreseen during a once-in-a-century pandemic, and that its United Kingdom sites were primarily meant to be used to service its contract with the British government.

"If the supply doesn't catch up, then it puts the pharmacists in a really tough spot to be able to accommodate everybody", he said.

"NACI's earlier recommendation that people who wanted earlier vaccination could receive a viral vector vaccine rather than wait for mRNA reflected supply of mRNA vaccines at the time".

It comes less than a week after Canada promised to donate 13 million doses to the COVAX vaccine-sharing alliance, which will entirely come from the remaining share of doses Canada had purchased from COVAX itself.

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said the vaccine was recommended for use in people over 60 and those under 60 would now be offered the Pfizer shot.

There are 14 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna being delivered this week and next, including a donation of one million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine from the United States that was to arrive in Canada Thursday night.

The province reported 345 new cases of COVID-19 Friday and one additional death.

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