Canada PM says AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe, despite blood clot death

Canada PM says AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe, despite blood clot death

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is inoculated with AstraZeneca's vaccine against c
FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is inoculated with AstraZeneca's vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a pharmacy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Apr 23, 2021. REUTERS/Blair Gable

OTTAWA: AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and Canadians should have confidence in it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday (Apr 28), reacting to news that a woman had died of a rare blood clot after being inoculated.

Francine Boyer, 54, is the first Canadian fatality linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. She received a shot on Apr 9 and died on Apr 23 in hospital where she was being treated for fatigue and headaches, her husband said in a statement.

"I have tremendous confidence in all vaccines, including AstraZeneca," said Trudeau, who got his first AstraZeneca shot last Friday.

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"The risks of blood clots from getting COVID are much greater than the very, very rare but real risk of side-effects from AstraZeneca. It is a very simple calculation we should make," Trudeau told a Halifax radio station.

More than a dozen European countries temporarily suspended use of the vaccine after reports of blood clots combined with low platelets in a very small number of people. Many countries have resumed using the shot.

Faced with a rampant third wave of the virus, several Canadian provinces recently began offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 40 and over.

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Source: Reuters/ta

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