The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that democratic governments can make vaccinations obligatory, in a landmark judgement rejecting complaints brought by Czech families penalised for refusing compulsory jabs for their children.
“The… measures could be regarded as being ‘necessary in a democratic society'” the court ruled, saying that the Czech health policy was consistent with the “best interests” of children.
Our opinion: ** Is there an easier or quicker way of antagonising parents in the middle of a global viral pandemic than encouraging mandatory vaccinations? We can’t think of one. Expect severe blowback **
The Dutch municipal healthcare centers GGDs have now stopped administering AstraZeneca vaccines completely to prevent waste. This step was taken in consultation with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the public health agency RIVM, says a spokeswoman for the umbrella organization GGD GHOR.
On Friday, it was already decided to temporarily stop vaccinating people under the age of 60 after five new reports of blood clottings and other side effects among women between 25 and 65 years.
Several OMT members see no room for relaxation of coronavirus measures in the Netherlands for the time being.
Virologist Menno de Jong said that it was unwise to relax further.
Virologist Marion Koopmans said “I don’t think we can afford that, if at all. We really have to be patient. It’s been a month or two, then we are really in a different situation.”
Nine out of ten healthcare workers who contracted the coronavirus say they have long-term complaints after becoming infected with the disease.
According to the research platform Pointer, nearly 140,000 employees in the medical field tested positive for the coronavirus; 900 of whom had to be hospitalized. 30 healthcare workers died as a result of Covid-19 complications.
“We are talking about people who often did not have another choice and who risk their lives, often unprotected in order to help other people”, FNV, Kitty Jong said to the newspaper. “They are being punished for it in an especially cruel manner.”
“Wheezing, chest or stomach pain, swelling or coldness in an arm or leg, severe headache or worsening or blurred vision after vaccination, persistent bleeding, small multiple bruises, reddish or purplish spots or blisters of blood under the skin” – if you have these symptoms after vaccination against Covid with AstraZeneca serum seek medical help immediately and report that you have recently been vaccinated.
EMA: “the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing COVID-19, with its associated risk of hospitalisation and death, outweigh the risks of side effects.”
Translation: The end justifies the means.
Full EMA Statement “EMA’s safety committee continues investigation of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and thromboembolic events – further update”
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Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria, Indonesia & Thailand have suspended AstraZeneca vaccinations over blood clot fears.
Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg and Lithuania have suspended vaccinations with some AstraZeneca batches, notably ABV5811 ABV2856 and ABV5300
Municipal health service GGD Amsterdam accidentally vaccinated a healthcare worker with two different coronavirus vaccines, instead of two doses of the same vaccine as is protocol. The 60-year-old woman first received a Pfizer vaccine in early February, and then an AstraZeneca vaccine on March 1, Hart van Nederland reports based on a letter the GGD sent the woman, which is in its possession.
In the letter sent to the affected healthcare worker, a doctor of the GGD’s infectious disease department wrote that there is no data available on “the effectiveness of a series consisting of two vaccines from different manufacturers”
Dutch side effects laboratory Lareb received ten reports “in which thrombosis or embolism may have played a role” after an AstraZeneca vaccine was administered, the lab said on Monday.
Lareb stressed that none of these reports involved serious, rare signs of clot formation in combination with a decreased number of blood platelets in adults under 50 years of age, as Denmark and Norway reported they received. “Lareb has not seen any reports with this specific image so far,” the organization said.
Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Indonesia & Thailand have suspended AstraZeneca vaccinations over blood clot fears.
Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg and Lithuania have suspended vaccinations with some Astrazeneca batches, notably ABV5811 ABV2856 and ABV5300
ABV5300 was delivered to 17 European countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden – and in total comprises one million doses.
Update: Spain has also suspended use of the vaccine for 15 days as a precaution. This was decided by the inter-territorial council of the Spanish Health.
A third corona wave can no longer be averted in the Netherlands according to virologist Bert Niesters of the University Medical Center Groningen who expresses this fear in the Nederlands Dagblad. “If we do not have lower numbers by the end of next week than now, we will have a big problem.”
According to him, it is “a competition: the vaccine against the virus. And the virus is going to win that match.” The highly contagious British variant now makes up about 90 percent of all positive tests, according to Niesters.
On Saturday, the Dutch national health agency RIVM reported the highest number of positive SARS-CoV-2 infections since January 14. The single-day tally was at 6,446 new cases, a six percent increase compared to the previous day and a 20 percent increase compared to last week.
This has pushed the seven-day average up to 5,150, a 13 percent rise versus last Saturday. The total number of new infections for this week was 31,481, a 16 percent increase compared to the same period last week.
The three cities with the highest number of new infections on Saturday were Rotterdam (290), Amsterdam (217), and The Hague (143). In Rotterdam, infections went up by 34 percent compared to last week. In Amsterdam, however, infections fell by 48 percent compared to last Saturday. In the Hague, infections dropped as well, by eight percent.
European Medicines Agency (EMA), the corona vaccine from the manufacturer Astra-Zeneca can cause severe allergic reactions. Anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions should be included in the list of possible side effects of the vaccine citing , the EMA said on Friday, several such cases in the UK.
The European Commission received the message from AstraZeneca on Thursday afternoon (11 March 2021). According to Sweden’s vaccination coordinator Richard Bergström, it is export restrictions and not production capacity that are behind it.
Astra Zeneca has really made an effort to find volumes to live up to the contract. 75 million doses would come from the United States, the United Kingdom and to some extent from India in the second quarter. Now we have just been told that we will not get rid of these doses, says Richard Bergström to TV4.
The USA and India, where AstraZeneca’s has production, have introduced export bans to ensure that they themselves get enough vaccine. The fact that the vaccine cannot be delivered from the UK has contractual reasons.