Manila suspends AstraZeneca jab for under 60s Apr 09, 2021 0 89 12345 dpa Manila The Philippines on Thursday temporarily suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for those younger than 60 following reports from abroad of rare blood clots in some recipients.The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called the suspension “a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of every Filipino.” The FDA noted that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has now recommended that blood clots be listed as a “very rare” side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Several European countries and Canada have also put age restrictions in place due to a handful of blood clot cases reported in younger people.“While we have not seen such incidents in the country, the FDA has recommended to temporarily suspend the use of the vaccine for persons below 60 years old as we await results of the review being done by our local experts, as well as the official guidance of the WHO (World Health Organization),” FDA Director General Eric Domingo said.The Philippines has received an initial shipment of 525,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the WHO COVAX facility. It is the second vaccine brand delivered to the Philippines; the other is Sinovac from China.As of April 6, nearly 923,000 doses of both Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered across the country. The Philippines reported 9,216 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total cases to 828,366 with 14,119 fatalities.Meanwhile, Malaysia could reconsider using the AstraZeneca jab, the minister in charge of the country’s inoculation programme said on Thursday.Responding to the EMA assessment, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin said the government’s vaccination committee “will deliberate on the matter and decide if we will go ahead with using AZ in our portfolio of vaccines.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Crown clash leads to arrest of Mrs World by Sri Lanka police Apr 09, 2021 0 500 Modi concerned as Covid caseload spikes in India Apr 09, 2021 0 385 Turkey denies it snubbed EU chief during Ankara visit Apr 09, 2021 0 414 Pakistan: Private importers rush for Russian vaccine amid high demand dpa Islamabad Private importers in Pakistan are negotiating to procure more of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for commercial sale, as customers queue to buy their shots amid frustration with the pace of the free, but .. New Zealand suspends all travel from India after Covid spike Wellington (dpa) - New Zealand will suspend all travel from India after a surge of Covid-19 cases were detected at the border, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday. The temporary suspension will begin on .. Protests at airport as Germany deports 20 Afghans to Kabul dpa Kabul/Berlin Twenty Afghan men arrived in the capital Kabul early on Wednesday after being deported from Germany, airport officials said. Their chartered flight landed at 6:40 am (0210 GMT), marking the 38th ..