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Netherlands has decided to stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Netherlands has decided to stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Netherlands has decided to stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Netherlands has decided to stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine.

 

The Netherlands has been the latest country to halt use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine due to safety concerns.

There is no evidence of a connection between the vaccine and cases of blood clots, according to the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency.

AstraZeneca vaccines have been fully halted in eight countries so far.

The EMA claims that the number of cases of clotting in vaccinated people is “no higher than the number seen in the general population.”

According to AstraZeneca, about 17 million people in the EU and the UK have received the vaccine, with less than 40 cases of blood clots recorded as of last week.

The Dutch government stated that the move was taken as a measure and would continue until at least March 29.

In response to allegations of blood clotting in Norway, the Irish Republic took similar measures. Inoculations with the vaccine have been stopped in Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Iceland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Thailand. As a precaution, many European countries, including Italy and Austria, have banned the use of some batches of the medication.

The vaccine may be given out again, according to the EMA, which is conducting an investigation of blood clot events.

Proof “does not indicate” the vaccine causes clots, according to the UK medicines regulator, who advised people in the country to get the vaccine when requested.

Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford vaccine group that produced the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, told the BBC’s Today programme that there was “very reassuring evidence” that “no rise in a blood clot phenomenon here in the UK, where most of the doses in Europe [have] been given so far.”

Finland has conducted a “careful review” and found no evidence of an elevated risk, he said.

“It’s absolutely important that we don’t have a problem with people not getting vaccines and that we have the balance of a huge risk – a proven risk of Covid – against what appears to be no signal of a problem so far from the data that we’ve received from the regulators,” he said.

Despite the fact that large numbers of people are being vaccinated at a rapid pace around the world, some of them will become ill for reasons unrelated to the vaccine.

These pauses aren’t because the AstraZeneca vaccine is dangerous to administer. It’s to give researchers time to figure out why a small number of people who received the shot recently have formed blood clots.

When an illness arises soon after vaccination, it’s natural to wonder whether the shot played a role.

However, there is no suggestion or proof that the vaccine was involved or responsible.

More than 11 million people in the UK have now received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with no reports of increased deaths or blood clots. The European Medicines Agency has also approved the vaccine, arguing that its advantages are evident. Covid is risky, and vaccination will save lives.

The Dutch government said in a statement that it was acting as a precaution after reports from Denmark and Norway of potentially serious side effects.

According to the Reuters news agency, the Dutch drug watchdog Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb later said that ten cases of potential adverse side effects had been registered in the Netherlands.

“Any questions regarding the vaccine cannot be tolerated,” said Health Minister Hugo de Jonge. “We need to double-check something, so we’ll take a break for now.”

Mr de Jonge said he hoped the suspension would last “no more than a couple of weeks” on a Monday morning talk show, adding, “We need vaccinations to be able to put this nasty time behind us.”

The Dutch vaccine program will now be postponed as a result of Sunday’s announcement.

Authorities had pre-ordered 12 million AstraZeneca doses, with about 300,000 injections expected in the coming two weeks.
What did AstraZeneca have to say about it?

It stated that there was no evidence that the vaccine increased the risk of clotting.

It said 15 cases of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) – a blood clot in a vein – and 22 cases of pulmonary embolism – a blood clot that has reached the lungs – had been identified among those who had been vaccinated across the EU and the UK.

These statistics were “much smaller than would be expected to occur spontaneously in a general population of this size,” according to AstraZeneca, and were “similar among other approved Covid-19 vaccines.”

“Given the severity of the pandemic, we’re going beyond and beyond normal procedures for safety monitoring of approved drugs in disclosing vaccine incidents to ensure public safety,” said Ann Taylor, the firm’s chief medical officer.

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Run game carries Jets to 21-14 win over the Texans in Zach Wilson return

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Run games carries Jets to 21-14 win over the Texans in Zach Wilson return

HOUSTON — It was the definition of a team win for Gang Green. The offense was balanced, and the defense played lights out and the end result was a 21-14 win over the lousy Houston Texans.

Zach Wilson had a pedestrian day in his return to action as he went 14-for-24 for 145 yards with a rushing touchdown and an interception. Wilson wasn’t happy with his performance but elated for the victory.

“Feels really good,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t happy with how I performed. Just the ups and downs of it all. I gotta just keep going, it’s all part of the process. it feels really good to go home having a win. That’s the goal, to win the game.”

It was Wilson’s first game in a month, but the former BYU quarterback refused to blame his lackluster play on rust.

“I don’t blame anything on that,” Wilson said. “There’s no excuses. You got to really come out and play well.”

Late in the fourth quarter, Wilson appeared to tweak his knee on a scramble that caused him to limp to the sideline. But he claimed there was no legitimate issue and didn’t leave the game.

What helped propel the Jets offense to a win was the dominant run game that gashed the Texans for 157 yards.

Robert Saleh credited Jets offensive line coach and run game coordinator John Benton for creating a game plan to destroy the Texans run defense.

“JB put together a really cool plan and credit to the O-Line there,” Saleh said. “One of the challenges that we had this week for the offense was urgency and physicality at the line of scrimmage. And I felt like we were able to do that.”

The Jets answered the call. Against a loaded box, they ran for 105 yards with two touchdowns according to Next Gen Stats. That’s imposing your will.

Gang Green’s leading rusher, Michael Carter was out, but Tevin Coleman stepped up and ran for 67 yards. Austin Walter, who added 38 yards on nine carries, scored a key touchdown in the closing minutes of the first half.

The maligned defense, who had allowed over 380 yards of offense in five out of their last six games, held the Texans (2-9) to 202 yards and 14 points. Bryce Hall sealed the victory with a pass breakup on 4th-and-2 with two minutes remaining.

The impressive part was the resolve. They allowed 14 points and 157 yards by the end of the first half. But in the second half, they held the Texans offense to a scant 45 yards and zero points.

“I thought they were fantastic. I thought [Jeff] Ulbrich and the staff did great,” Saleh said. I thought the players, again, they’re getting better. And I thought this was a good one.”

One of the stars that contributed to the stalwart defensive effort was John Franklin-Myers, who had two sacks and an interception.

“Our coaches just preach we have to play our brand of football,” Franklin-Myers said. “l sometimes think things happen fast, just the momentum switches and stuff like that. But I think we did a good job of just staying locked in.”

It was a needed effort by the defense as the rookie quarterback took most of the first half to shake off the rust from missing four games with a sprained knee.

It was a tale of two halves for Wilson.

In the first half Wilson struggled. He was 6-for-12 for 44 yards with an interception. He looked jittery in the pocket and was inaccurate on a few of his throws that resulted in the ball skipping at his receivers’ feet.

On his second drive, he inexplicably threw an interception when he appeared to be scrambling. But right before he crossed the line of scrimmage, he flicked a pass to Ty Johnson, who wasn’t looking. It bounced off Johnson’s back and Tavierre Thomas intercepted the pass.

At that point Wilson was 1-for-6 for 11 yards with the pick. And the lone completed pass was a push pass behind the line of scrimmage to Elijah Moore on a jet sweep.

Even though Wilson didn’t blame rust for his struggle, it was clear as day: the No. 2 overall pick was rusty.

Five plays later, Texans QB Tyrod Taylor threw a touchdown pass to tight end Brevin Jordan to give Houston a 7-3 lead.

But right before the end of the half, trailing 14-3, Wilson finally settled down.

He went 5-for-6 for 33 yards to lead a touchdown drive to get Gang Green back in the game. Not an eye-popping stat line. But he converted a 3rd-and-9 to Ryan Griffin that kept the drive alive, and Walter scored a two-yard touchdown. The Jets successfully went for two to pull within 14-11.

In the second half, Wilson was much better. In the third quarter, his first pass was a rifle to Moore for a 22-yard gain on a curl route and that helped get Wilson comfortable.

That drive ended with a 4-yard rushing touchdown by Wilson to give the Jets the lead, 18-14. Not exactly setting the world on fire, but he doubled the first half yardage and got into a rhythm.

Overall, Wilson threw for 101 yards and went 8-for-12 in the second half.

The Jets offense sputtered in the fourth, but they were able to secure a 37-yard Matt Ammendola field goal with three and a half minutes to play and their defense finished the Texans off.

With the hype surrounding Wilson’s return it was the run game and the defense that played lights out and carried the rookie to a win.

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