NUSADAILY.COM -MANILA- The Philippines will continue to vaccinate AstraZeneca despite inoculations in Denmark, Norway and Iceland being delayed due to reports of blood clots.
“Currently, the Ministry of Health and the Food and Drug Administration stress that there is no indication for the Philippines to stop the launch of the AstraZeneca vaccine,” the country’s health ministry and food and drug administration said in a joint statement, adding the benefits outweighed the risks.
The Philippines has so far received 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX facility.
Earlier, Reuters reported Denmark had temporarily halted the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for two weeks.
The stoppage was made after a number of reports related to blood clots, including one death in Denmark, Danish authorities said on Thursday (11/3).
“We and the Danish Medicines Agency must respond to reports of possible serious side effects, both from Denmark and from other European countries,” Danish Health Authority director Soren Brostrom said in a statement.
AstraZeneca on Thursday told Reuters in a written statement that the safety of its vaccines had been studied extensively in human trials and data reviewed by peers had confirmed that the vaccine was generally well received. (sak)