Public health officials address concerns over AstraZeneca vaccine rollout

Australia’s top public health officials say there’s no evidence the Astra Zeneca vaccine leads to higher chances of blood clots.

Gianni Francis has more.

Most of Australia’s coronavirus vaccination strategy relies on the Astra Zeneca vaccine, with the Federal Government buying 50 million doses in preparation for the rollout.

Paul Kelly, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer says the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has found no reason to pause the use of the vaccine.

“The government clearly, unequivocally, absolutely supports the AstraZeneca rollout…From my perspective I do not see that there is any specific link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots.”

Shadow Health Minister Mark Butler says Coalition Party members urging the government to stop the vaccine rollout are “deeply irresponsible”.

At a time when the vaccine rollout is already way behind schedule, when we know how important a successful rollout is…for economic recovery as well as the health of the Australian people, this is something the Prime Minister needs to jump on.

Several European countries have suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine following health concerns.

But others say the benefits far outweigh the risks, as Thailand’s prime minister was inoculated on Tuesday.

Gianni Francis reporting for upstart.

Photo by Hakan Nural on unsplash.

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