Tagged: AstraZeneca

Blood clot fears: how misapplication of the precautionary principle may undermine public trust in vaccines - COVID-19

Guest Author Mar 17, 2021

Anthony R Cox, University of Birmingham The arrival of effective vaccines against COVID-19 has been one of the few good news stories of the pandemic. However, communicating the safety of vaccines has long been difficult, as shown by most countries having some level of vaccine hesitancy, including hesitancy towards COVID-19 vaccines specifically. Just as regulatory authorities – such … Read More

Blood clots, vaccines and the need for baselines - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 15, 2021

Some nations are pausing their AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine campaigns over concerns that it may be linked to blood clots. International media is is reporting it widely. I’m seeing concerned people asking questions on social media. Evidence so far indicates this is unlikely to be a real issue, but one that is being checked out of caution. One thing it illustrates … Read More

Oxford COVID vaccine authorised in the UK – global health expert on why this is a key moment - COVID-19

Guest Author Jan 05, 2021

Michael Head, University of Southampton The UK has become the first country to authorise the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for public use, with roll-out to start in the first week of 2021. This vaccine is the second to be authorised in the UK – following the Pfizer vaccine. The British government has ordered 100 million doses of the … Read More

Pressing the pause button after an adverse event happens to a vaccine trial participant - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Sep 09, 2020

Today AstraZeneca pushed the pause button on its late-stage trials of a COVID-19 vaccine. A clinical trial participant has experienced a serious health event and an investigation is underway to determine the cause. What does it mean? A cautious approach – trials can halt to assess safety data With over 200 COVID-19 vaccines now under development … Read More

Time to get rid of drug advertising - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jan 17, 2013

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world where pharmaceutical companies are allowed to advertise to consumers directly.  I believe this is detrimental to our health and I call on the government to ban the practice immediately. Drugs are not like any other consumer product. There is one reason and one reason … Continue reading » … Read More