Australia investigates possible link of blood clot case to AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Australia investigates possible link of blood clot case to AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO: COVID-19 vaccination at Newmarket Racecourse
FILE PHOTO: A dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is prepared in a vaccination centre. (Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge)

MELBOURNE: Australia is investigating whether a blood clotting disorder case recorded on Friday (Apr 2) is related to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd said.

Australian media reported that a 44-year-old man was admitted to a Melbourne hospital with possible clotting days after receiving the vaccine.

"Investigators have not at this time confirmed a causal link with the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine, but investigations are ongoing," Kidd told a televised briefing.

He added that more details are expected to be known on Saturday.

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Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the medicine and therapeutic regulatory agency, has said previously that AstraZeneca vaccine was not associated with an increase in the overall risk of blood clots.

Source: Reuters

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