Covid: Australia faces vaccine delays after changing AstraZeneca advice (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Australia faces vaccine delays after changing AstraZeneca advice. “Australia’s vaccine rollout is to be further delayed after local regulators advised limiting use of the AstraZeneca shot – the country’s main vaccine. On Thursday, the government said it now recommended that people aged under 50 get the Pfizer jab over AstraZeneca’s. It follows restrictions in other nations, after Europe’s drug regulator found a rare blood clot risk linked to the vaccine.”

Coronavirus: France accuses UK of ‘blackmail’ over vaccine exports (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: France accuses UK of ‘blackmail’ over vaccine exports. “Vaccine rollouts have started sluggishly across the bloc, and the EU has blamed pharmaceutical companies – primarily AstraZeneca – for not delivering its promised doses. AstraZeneca has denied that it is failing to honour its contract. The EU is expecting to receive about 30 million AstraZeneca doses by the end of March, less than a third of what it was hoping for.”

Coronavirus: EU says AstraZeneca must ‘catch up’ on vaccine deliveries (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: EU says AstraZeneca must ‘catch up’ on vaccine deliveries. “The vaccine producer AstraZeneca must “catch up” on its promised deliveries to the EU before exporting doses elsewhere, the bloc’s chief has said. ‘The company… has to honour the contract it has with member states,’ European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday evening. She spoke after EU leaders held a summit to discuss vaccine supplies.”

Covid vaccine: AstraZeneca amends US vaccine efficacy results (BBC)

BBC: Covid vaccine: AstraZeneca amends US vaccine efficacy results. “AstraZeneca has downgraded the efficacy result of its coronavirus vaccine trial in the US after health officials questioned the results. The Anglo-Swedish firm adjusted the efficacy rate of its vaccine against Covid-19 symptoms from 79% to 76%, but said the trial results confirm it ‘is highly effective in adults’.”

New York Times: U.S. Health Officials Question AstraZeneca Vaccine Trial Results

New York Times: U.S. Health Officials Question AstraZeneca Vaccine Trial Results. “Federal health officials and an independent oversight board accused AstraZeneca of presenting the world with potentially misleading information about the effectiveness of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine, an extraordinary blow to the credibility of a company whose product has been seen as critical to the global fight against the pandemic.”

Yahoo News: Why Europe’s AstraZeneca vaccine fumble could be bad news for the U.S.

Yahoo News: Why Europe’s AstraZeneca vaccine fumble could be bad news for the U.S.. “The confusing episode over AstraZeneca inoculations may have a ripple effect, clouding the vaccination issue not just for EU citizens but for at least some Americans. Still awaiting FDA approval, the AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t yet being used in the U.S., although the Trump administration ordered 300 million doses, millions of which have been stockpiled.”

New York Times: AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine Is Found to Be 79% Effective in U.S. Study

New York Times: AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine Is Found to Be 79% Effective in U.S. Study. “The trial, involving more than 32,000 participants, was the largest test of its kind for the shot. The vaccine was 79 percent effective overall in preventing symptomatic infections, higher than observed in previous clinical trials, the company announced in a news release. The trial also showed that the vaccine offered strong protection for older people, who had not been as well represented in earlier studies.”

BBC: AstraZeneca: UK clot review confirms safety of vaccine

BBC: AstraZeneca: UK clot review confirms safety of vaccine. “There is no evidence the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine causes blood clots, the UK’s medicines regulator says after a ‘thorough and careful review’. The MHRA says people can have confidence in the vaccine’s benefits and should get immunised when invited, despite some countries suspending use.”

AstraZeneca vaccine: Safety experts to review jab (BBC)

BBC: AstraZeneca vaccine: Safety experts to review jab. “Vaccine safety experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) are meeting on Tuesday to review the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, after several European countries halted their rollouts. A number of cases of blood clots were reported in Europe after the vaccine was administered.”