Canada's prime minister says AstraZeneca's COVID - 19 vaccine safe

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Canada's prime minister says AstraZeneca's COVID - 19 vaccine safe

The AstraZeneca cancer vaccine may be administered in a Milton, Ontario, Canada facility on March 3, 2021. ReUTERS Carlos Osorio DIGADOS EPO Photo

The AstraZenecaAstraZeneca PLC COVID 19 vaccine is rare and Canadians should have confidence in it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday, reacting to news that a woman had died of a safe blood clot after being inoculated.

Francine Boyer, 54, is the first Canadian fatality linked to AstraZeneca's vaccine. She died on April 9 and received a shot on April 23 in the hospital where she was being treated for fatigue and headaches, her husband said in a statement.

I have tremendous confidence in all vaccines, including AstraZeneca, said Trudeau, who got his first AstraZeneca shot last Friday.

The risks of blood clots from getting COVID are much greater than the very real but very rare side effect of AstraZeneca medicines. It's a very simple calculation that we have to make, told Trudeau a Halifax radio station.

More than a dozen European countries temporarily suspended the use of the vaccine in a very limited number of people following reports of blood clots combined with weak platelets. Many countries have resumed using the shot. Faced with a rampant third wave of the virus, several Canadian provinces offered the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 40 and over recently.

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