Brunei to resume AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine use with conditions

FILE PHOTO: A test tube labeled with the vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020. - Reuters

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, April 20 (Xinhua): The Brunei government has announcd that the administration of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine can resume in the country with some criteria, after two weeks of reviewing on adverse side effects.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, since the temporary pause on the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on April 6, it had reviewed reports from other countries of very rare cases of blood clots with low platelets following vaccination with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

"In Brunei Darussalam, based on the 2,323 individuals who have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, no events of this nature have been identified," the health ministry said.

The health ministry said that based on available data, taking into account the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine, especially to those at risk such as the elderly, and given that the reported incidence of blood clots with low platelets is very rare, the Covid-19 Vaccine Technical Committee believes that the administration of this vaccine can resume in Brunei with conditions.

Brunei reported no new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Monday, with the national tally unchanged at 221. It also has not reported any local Covid-19 cases for the last 347 days. - Xinhua
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