The doctor and researcher in the area of vaccines of the Fisabio Foundation, Maria Garcés-Sánchez, defends the continuity of vaccination with AstraZeneca. “It is a decision that is going to cause many people to distrust a vaccine that is safe and effective as is being demonstrated in the United Kingdom,” he explains.
“The numbers are there,” he replies in line with studies published by Scotland where AstraZeneca shows an effectiveness of the 84% in those over 80 years of age to prevent hospitalizations. “I do not know how we are going to approach this situation because there will be many people who later doubt,” he laments.
Among the scientific explanations he assures that if there were biological plausibility for the use of an adenovirus vector and the development of thrombosis “vaccines should also be stopped Johnson & Johnson y Sputnik which are developed with the same method “.
As stated by the vaccine specialist, member of the Vaccine Advisory Committee and pediatrician at the Natzaret health center, “studies show that there is a lower relationship between the vaccinated population cohort than in the unvaccinated one in thrombosis events “. He also admits that there is a “total” paradigm shift: “We have gone from asking those over 65 to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca to suspending it, it is a disaster.”
Garcés-Sánchez mentions a report from the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis in which it is stated that based on the available data, the ISHT “believes that the benefits of vaccination covid-19 greatly outweigh any possible complications and recommends vaccination of all eligible adults. ”
At the moment, the two-week stoppage of the administration of this drug does not affect the second dose of any of the people vaccinated with AstraZeneca. This started in the second week of February and as between the two doses there are between 10 and 12 weeks, the 15 days of hiatus will not intercede.
The positive part, the experts say with almost a small mouth, is that the suspension of AstraZeneca does not affect those over 80 years of age, the most vulnerable to the virus, because they are being vaccinated with Pfizer Y Modern for which there are more than 56,000 doses of the first and 17,000 of the second.
For this week, the Ministry of Health had indicated that their goal was to administer 84,780 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for professionals of social services, workers of penitentiary institutions and personnel of educational centers.
Meanwhile, the sanitary surveillance protocol on vaccinated people is the one that was established until now with open mechanisms so that those who feel any side effects inform the authorities. “It’s super controlledor, there is nothing to worry about, “adds Garcés-Sánchez.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.