By Renju Jose
SYDNEY, Apr 8 (Reuters) – Australia has no current plans to change the deployment of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, after the European drug regulator found possible links between cases. thrombus and vaccine.
“At this time, there is no advice to suggest that there will be any change in the deployment of the vaccine,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
The European Medicines Agency said Wednesday that it found very rare cases of thrombi among some adults who received the vaccine, although it said the benefits of the vaccine still outweighed the risks.
Australian authorities have ordered an urgent investigation into the findings from Europe’s drug regulator and Morrison expects updates on Thursday from the drug regulator and the immunization advisory group.
The latest findings from the European regulator led the UK to recommend that people under the age of 30 should receive an alternative coronavirus vaccine, while Italy and Spain decided that AstraZeneca injections should only be used in those over 60.
“Those two recommendations will be brought to the table today and discussed in the Australian context,” Australian Medical Director Paul Kelly told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television.
(Information from Renju Jose; Editing by Stephen Coates and Michael Perry, translated by Tomás Cobos)