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RE: Some European countries banning the Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine


Canadians are not guinea pigs.

Europe’s most populous countries have now suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine after reports of blood clots in some recently inoculated patients pending further investigations from European regulators even as the World Health Organization said it was safe and urged countries to continue using it.

On Monday, Germany said it would halt distribution of the AstraZeneca vaccine as France, Italy and Spain announced that they would do the same. They all state their moves are precautionary measures taken as they await an impending analysis from European regulators. The four countries join the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Ireland and a few other nations that have paused use of the vaccine pending additional data.

WHO officials are still recommending the vaccine, and they said Monday that the greatest threat facing countries is a lack of access to vaccines — not blood clot concerns.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose health officials have approved the AstraZeneca shot, called it “safe and effective.” Canada should follow suit with the European countries and pause the vaccine distribution allowing for thorough investigations to conclude the safety of the vaccine. The company has said there is no evidence of a link between its vaccine and clotting. AstraZeneca, like every other company will not publicly fault their product and instead will promote it knowing that they had run into confusing trial results that have led the public to doubt its its effectiveness. Now the AstraZeneca vaccine may be linked to several cases of severe blood clotting in people who received it. The concern for the efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine is serious and must require detailed scientific evaluation before Canadians are given this vaccine.

I will wait for PM Trudeau to be inoculated with the AstraZeneca jab before he can expect Canadians to agree to it.