Canada reports first blood clot case linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 15, 2021, 04:41 PM(IST)

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However, Health Canada said that the country would continue to use the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab since its benefits against Covid-19 'outweigh the potential risks' 

Canadian health authority on Tuesday reported the nation's first blood clotting case related to the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab. 

Health Canada said a Quebec woman who had received the coronavirus vaccine prepared by the Serum Institute of India was Canada's first case of blood clotting with low platelets. 

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"The person is at home now recovering," the authority said in a statement as reported by news agency AFP. 

However, Health Canada said that the country would continue to use the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab since its benefits against Covid-19 "outweigh the potential risks." 

On Wednesday, Denmark became the first European nation to stop using the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine over safety fears, despite the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) insisting that the drug is safe to use.  

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"Denmark's vaccination campaign will go ahead without the AstraZeneca vaccine," Danish Health Authority director Soren Brostrom told reporters. 

Some European countries have reported a few blood clot cases after people received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, but WHO and EMA have insisted that these cases form a very small number among millions who have received the drug and no link between blood clots and the drug has been established. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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