EIn a statement, the Belgian government said it adopted this measure after a case “in which there were serious side effects after the administration of the Janssen vaccine”, the trade name of the Johnson & Johnson drug.
The Belgian executive said he was a woman under 40, who was vaccinated through her foreign employer, outside the Belgian system, and who died in Belgium last week after having developed a “severe thrombosis and reduced blood platelets. “.
For that reason, Belgium requested an “urgent advice” from the European Medicines Agency, the European Union (EU) medicine regulator, before considering lifting the suspension, he said.
And, according to the Belgian government, the impact of this suspension on the national vaccination campaign is very limited.
Belgium was using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for elderly people with reduced mobility and for the homeless, as it only implied the administration of a dose to ensure protection. These inoculations will continue.
Currently, four anticovid-19 vaccines are approved in the EU: Comirnaty (trade name of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine), Moderna, Vaxzevria (new name of the AstraZeneca drug) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson group).
In addition to the constant delays in the delivery of vaccines and doses below those contracted by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, the EU vaccination campaign has been marked by rare cases of side effects such as blood clots after taking this drug, a relationship confirmed by the European regulator, as in fact it happened with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The online tool of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to track EU vaccination, based on notifications from Member States, reveals that an average of 18.6% of the adult population so far from the EU is fully inoculated (with the two doses of the covid-19 vaccine), while around 42.7% received the first dose.
In absolute terms, this equates to 222 million doses of vaccines administered out of 253 million doses received, with ECDC data always dependent on country communications.
As for Belgium, data from the Belgian health authorities account for 1.7 million people fully vaccinated (equivalent to 19.1% of the adult population) and 4.4 million with the first dose administered (representing 48.2 % of the adult population).
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