Starting tomorrow, Ontario, Quebec and Alberta will expand the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as the health authorities discover a second case of thrombosis.
Major provinces Canada Announced this Monday that they will expand the use of AstraZeneca Against covid-19, to be between 40 and 55 years The country’s health department also found a second case Thrombosis It may be related to the vaccine.
Ontario, Quebec and Alberta announced that starting tomorrow, they will begin to provide AstraZeneca vaccine For people over 40 years old. So far, according to the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization of Canada (NACI, its English abbreviation), the health authorities have restricted the use of vaccines to more than 55 years.
The decision to vaccinate Canadians over the age of 40 was made after Health Canada reminded it over the weekend that it has authorized the use of injections for people over the age of 18 and the provinces decide who should be vaccinated. Take medicine.
Health Canada reported on Saturday that a person in Alberta had “Unusual blood clots After being immunized with Covishield, the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serological Institute of India, the platelet level was low. ”
This is the second case discovered in Canada. On April 13, Quebec’s health authorities reported that a woman also suffered from Thrombosis After immunization with Covishield vaccine.
Despite the occurrence of two cases, Health Canada emphasized that thrombotic events are related to AstraZeneca vaccine “Very rare”, and the risk of the disease is far greater than the risk of vaccination.
Canada is suffering from the problem of vaccine supply. As of now, Canada has become the 31st country in the proportion of the world’s population using at least one covid-19 vaccine.
But among the population receiving both vaccinations, Canada’s position dropped to 68th.
Canada is the only industrialized country that has decided to postpone the second dose of the drug for up to four months.
Ontario has decided to use the AstraZeneca vaccine in people over the age of 40, while Canada’s most populous province is experiencing a record number of new cases, and experts warn that the disease is out of control.
Ontario reported 4,250 new cases on Sunday, and experts predict that by the end of May, there may be as many as 18,000 cases per day in the province.