Czech Republic is planning to destroy 45,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines branded as Covishield in India since nobody wants to take the shots. Meanwhile, more than 14,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine were thrown away in the past month alone due to the lack of interest from the public.
Prague might have to dispose of thousands of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine doses, as they expire next month. The demand for the jab recommended only to those over 60 years old due to possible side effects remains low.
Some 55,000 doses of the vaccine manufactured by Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca and shipped to the Czech Republic are set to expire by the end of October, Czech radio station IROZHLAS reported.
While about 10,000 of them are expected to be used to administer second doses, the remaining batches might have to be incinerated if the demand for the jab fails to shoot up.
So far, it has been at rock bottom. According to the data cited in the report, only 36 people have chosen AstraZeneca for their first dose in September, and a total of 774 people have been vaccinated with it so far.
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During July and August, only about 1,200 of those newly vaccinated opted for AstraZeneca’s vaccine, a tiny fraction of the 860,000 people who applied for their first dose within that period.
More than 14,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine were thrown away in the past month alone due to the lack of interest from the public, Czech media reported.
Its apparent lack of popularity has been blamed on the fact that since June, the Czech health ministry has recommended that the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines only be given to those older than 60.
The precaution was introduced after the vaccines were suspected of causing potentially deadly blood clots detected in some younger people after they received the jab.
German scientists have found out how the broken parts of Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines branded as Covishield in India mutate to trigger blood clots in recipients.
Scientists say the vaccine is sent into the cell nucleus instead of surrounding fluid, where parts of it break off and create mutated versions of themselves. The mutated versions then enter the body and trigger the blood clots.
The spokesman for the Czech Ministry of Health, Daniel Koppl, said the government doesn’t expect the outstanding doses to be used before time runs out.
And while Prague recently donated over 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca to other countries, this time the batches can’t be salvaged due to legal hurdles, he told Radiozurnal over the weekend.
The problem is that the unused doses have already been delivered and distributed across the country.
“The law does not allow us to donate these vaccines, because the moment they are removed from the controlled distribution chain, they are expected to be used. They cannot be passed on,” Koppl said.
Recently, according to VAERS data a breastfeeding baby died of blood clots and inflamed arteries weeks after his mother was given the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The case is the second known account of a breastfeeding baby dying of blood clots from vaccine.
The US CDC and FDA have lifted their recommended pause on use of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine with a condition that it will now include a safety label warning that its vaccine comes with blood clot risks.
Norway, however has announced that you are at a greater risk of dying from AstraZeneca vaccine branded as Covishield in India than from COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) safety committee has added another blood condition to the potential side effects of AstraZeneca’s vaccine branded as Covishield in India – the Capillary Leak Syndrome.
Capillary leak syndrome is a condition that causes fluid to leak out of blood vessels and could cause very low blood pressure, leading to pain, nausea and tiredness or, in the worst case, kidney failure and strokes.
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