AstraZeneca: Who Is Using The Jab And Who Is Not
Faizan Hashmi 20 days ago Fri 26th March 2021 | 11:05 PM
The AstraZeneca vaccine has had a rollercoaster ride. While staunchly supported by Britain, which developed it, South Africa has rejected it outright while some other countries have suspended their rollouts
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Mar, 2021 ) :The AstraZeneca vaccine has had a rollercoaster ride. While staunchly supported by Britain, which developed it, South Africa has rejected it outright while some other countries have suspended their rollouts.
Nevertheless, the vaccine is still the most widely used in the world and remains cheaper and easier to store than its competitors.
It has already been given in some 100 countries, according to an AFP database from official sources.
Here is an overview of who where it is and isn't being used: - Ditched - South Africa suspended its vaccine rollout -- meant to begin with AstraZeneca shots in February -- after a study found the jab failed to prevent mild and moderate illness caused by a variant found there.
Instead it offered its doses to the African Union.
They acted after the EU's drugs regulator said the vaccine was "safe and effective" and not linked to a higher risk of blood clots, but could not rule out definitively a link to a rare clotting disorder.
Denmark announced a three-week extension of its pause on Thursday for a closer look at side effects.
France has limited its use to over 55s, and Spain to under 65s.
Outside Europe countries such as Thailand and Indonesia, which had temporarily suspended injections or delayed their immunisation campaigns, resumed after the World Health Organization said on March 19 that the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risks.
- 100 countries - Despite criticisms over supply difficulties and safety concerns, the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University is today being administered in around 100 countries and territories.
The jab also forms the bulk of those being given for free to poorer countries under the Covax scheme led by the WHO and the Gavi vaccine alliance.