AstraZeneca is safe, minister and FDA affirm

No clotting cases recorded for jab recipients in Jordan

A vial containing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Milan on Friday, March 19, 2021, after European countries resumed distribution. (Photo: NYTimes)
AMMAN — Jordan has so far given 144,000 AstraZeneca vaccine jabs and recorded no cases of clotting, Minister of Health Feras Al-Hawari and the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) said on Thursday.اضافة اعلان

“None of the inoculated residents who received Astrazeneca reported any unexpected side effects,” JFDA Director General Nizar Mheidat said.

In a statement to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Mheidat said that the vaccine has proven successful in reducing hospitalization and death from COVID-19 complications.

The administration noted that the occurrence of blood clots in recipients of the AstraZeneca shot does not exceed 0.0000015 percent, which is a miniscule rate that does not require precautionary suspension of the vaccine, noting that it continues to be administered for inoculation in several countries, including the UK, Australia, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.

For his part, the minister stressed that there is no evidence justifying concern over the vaccine, noting that the government is working on securing a number of vaccines, “all of which are safe, with mild side effects.”

Europe's medicines regulator on Wednesday reiterated its backing of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, saying no particular group of age, sex or a previous medical history was especially susceptible to blood clotting after receiving the shot, according to Reuters.

It spoke after several countries including Canada, Germany, France and Spain limited use of the drugmaker's shot, after reports of a rare clotting condition following vaccination, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, Hawari noted that COVID-19 infection number are finally taking a downturn, with the rate of positive tests dropping to 16 percent for the first time since the beginning of the second wave.

“These indicators call for further patience and compliance, and prove that the taken measures are paying off,” Hawari added.

To reach a “safe summer”, the COVID test positivity rate must drop to below 5 percent, according to the minister.

Regarding the generation of oxygen at hospitals, Hawari said “it is easy, but it needs more time, and we are working on it, but it will not happen overnight.”

He noted that healthcare workers were extremely overstretched during the pandemic, and warned that hospitals are nearing their maximum occupancy rates.