Everyone wants to get vaccinated against COVID-19 but concerns have cropped up pertaining to casses of blood clotting following the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
To dispel concerns, health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah spoke up recently and assured that blood clot cases were extremely rare.
"According to Health Ministry Clinical Research Institute director Dr Kalaiarasu (Peariasamy), blood clot cases are very rare and to date there is no scientific evidence to link blood clot cases with the (AstraZeneca) vaccine.
"There have been 168 cases reported worldwide after more than 21 million people received the AstraZeneca jab," he shared on his Facebook page, as reported by News Straits Times
Still used by many countries
He said that the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency had approved the conditional registration of the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 2.
He added that to date, only Denmark has stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine, while 44 out of 99 countries that had approved the vaccine for emergency usage continued using it with conditions.
Earlier this week, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine would not be used in the country's national COVID-19 vaccination program.
He however said that the vaccine would be available on a "first come, first serve" basis for those who voluntarily want to receive them.
According to a report by The Star
, Malaysia currently has about 268,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.
So what do you think? Are you pro or against AstraZeneca?