The scheduled Covid-19 vaccination of the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers for today has been canceled after several European countries suspended the use of AstraZeneca shots over blood clots reports, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health announced this morning, March 12th.
Dr. Apichart Wachiraphan, director of the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, said at the conference that the cancellation has just been made due to safety reasons.
He stated: “Thailand was advised to delay AstraZeneca vaccinations and wait for a complete investigation and reports from the Danish Ministry of Health on whether the blood clots reported in some patients were directly caused by the vaccination.”
“If the examination results are found to be irrelevant, then the inoculation will continue to proceed for the Prime Minister, cabinet minister, and Thai people.”
Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital of Mahidol University, told reporters that AstraZeneca had sent a batch of one million doses of ABB5300 vaccine to 17 countries in the European Union. One vaccine recipient reportedly died and “many” others developed blood clots after the inoculations started in Denmark. The exact number of those who developed blood clots was disputed, thus using the word “many”.
“The investigation was being led by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The EMA confirmed the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine and did not cancel the use of the vaccine, however, an investigation has to be performed to indicate the particular reasons for the incidence of blood clots,” he further explained.
Prof. Dr. Yong Poovorawan, head of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University, added that the delay of the inoculation did not mean that AstraZeneca vaccines are bad or is a problem, but it is better to wait for the EMA results of the case investigation.
Thailand received 117,000 early doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last month. The Prime Minister and cabinet ministers, whose ages were over 60 years old, were initially planned to be the first recipients to receive them today at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute.
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