EU regulator gives Malawi all-clear AstraZeneca jab: ‘Safe and effective’ in preventing Covid-19

Several days after  many nations paushed   the use of Oxford/AstraZeneca’s vaccine  – which Malawi is also administering  – over blood clot concerns,  European Medicines Agency has concluded that the vaccine is “safe and effective “in preventing Covid-19 and its benefits far outweigh the risks.

Lilongwe mayor Juliana Kaduya getting her AstraZeneca jab

The EU medicines regulator said the safety committee PRAC concluded the vaccine is “not associated with an increase in the overall risk of thromboembolic events or blood clots.”

It said the benefits of the jab in protecting people from coronavirus-related death or hospitalisation outweigh the possible risks – and the vaccine is not linked to an “overall risk” of blood clots.

Malawi rolled out the first phase of a nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign with President Lazarus Chakwera being the first to receive the jab.

He described the Covid-19 vaccination program as a major milestone for Malawi as it joins the global community in fighting the pandemic.

Chakwera said he  “volunteered “ to be the first one to be vaccinated  to re-assure the nation  that “the vaccine is safe.”

Malawi with a population of  about 18.5 million received the first batch of 360,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 5 from the UN’s COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility.

Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said the first phase of vaccination will target frontline workers, including 60,000 health workers, teachers, and journalists.

Malawi’s COVID-19 vaccination program came at a time when the country has seen a drastic fall in the number of new cases.

In the wake of the EU regulator assessment, countries began to announce the resumption of vaccination, including Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Latvia, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Slovenia.

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Mtekateka
Mtekateka
23 days ago

Tell that to your own EU countries, they don’t trust it and have suspended it.

Eboue
Eboue
24 days ago

It is important to say as well that we have known now UK is getting some AZ vaccine from India, the same as Malawi is getting. Despite all the negative talk and noise, this is almost a week gone. Has anybody dropped dead yet due to vaccine?

Kalulu Wadwala
Kalulu Wadwala
24 days ago

Nanga wa ku machinga uja amati chiani?

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