Court order on AstraZeneca falls short of EU demand

A Belgian court ordered AstraZeneca to deliver 50 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to EU member states by September 27—far fewer than Brussels had demanded. Both sides claimed victory, with the European Commission stressing the firm would pay a financial penalty for each missed dose and the company promising it would easily meet the target. The UK-based pharmaceutical company […]

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EU and AstraZeneca battle in court over vaccine delays

The European Commission will confront drugs giant AstraZeneca in a Belgian court on Wednesday over coronavirus vaccine delivery shortfalls that hampered efforts to kickstart inoculations across the bloc. Lawyers for both sides are due to appear before a judge in the French-speaking court in Brussels from 09:00 am (0700 GMT). Another hearing is scheduled for Friday, the court said. The […]

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Spain limits AstraZeneca vaccine to 60 years and up

Spain joined other European nations on Wednesday in limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the elderly due to concerns over links to extremely rare blood clotting. Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias announced after meeting with regional health chiefs that authorities would limit shots to those over 60 years old. Until now, Spain has used AstraZeneca on its younger […]

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Sweden resumes use of AstraZeneca jab for seniors

Sweden’s Public Health Agency on Thursday announced it was resuming use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after it was put on pause over blood clot fears, but limited it to seniors. Following other European countries, Sweden suspended vaccinations with the AstraZeneca jab in mid-March following reports of severe blood clots potentially linked to the vaccine. Last week the EU drugs regulator […]

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine data may be outdated, US safety board says

An independent group of medical experts in the U.S. has raised concerns that AstraZeneca may have released “outdated” data on its COVID-19 vaccine. AstraZeneca announced on Monday (March 22) that its coronavirus vaccine was 79% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe or critical illness and hospitalization in a late-stage trial conducted in the U.S. that […]

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WHO experts to meet on AstraZeneca shot as virus cases surge

WHO safety experts prepared to meet Tuesday over the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine whose rollout has been halted in several European countries over blood clot fears, imperilling the pandemic fight as infection rates surge. The three largest EU nations—Germany, Italy and France—joined others in suspending the shot Monday, dealing a blow to the global immunisation campaign against a disease that has […]

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Georgia begins vaccine rollout with AstraZeneca jab

Georgia on Monday began a national coronavirus vaccine drive by inoculating medical workers with the AstraZeneca jab, rejecting concerns over side effects that have led several EU countries to halt its use. The low-cost shot is crucial to rollouts in poorer parts of the world but several countries including the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway have paused inoculations with AstraZeneca over […]

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Italy's Piedmont region temporarily suspends AstraZeneca shots

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s northern region of Piedmont said on Sunday said it would temporarily suspend AstraZeneca coronavirus shots after a teacher from the town of Biella died following his vaccination on Saturday.FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled “AstraZeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Dado […]

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Covid vaccine side effects: Fever, nausea and diarrhoea are three serious side effects

UK 'must be cautious' of new coronavirus variants says expert When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters.Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer.Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.You can unsubscribe at any time. The vaccine rollout has moved at […]

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Only 15% of AstraZeneca vaccine available in Germany has been used

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany has administered only 15% of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shots it has available, the health ministry said, as the vaccine faces public resistance after trials showed it to be less effective than alternatives.FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A test tube labelled “vaccine” in front of an AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationThe ministry […]

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