Covid 19 vaccines' critical role in fighting the pandemic has turned it into a prop in the theater of politics and a weapon to assault rivals in politically centralized states. In the wake of a group of Pfizer recipient's deaths in Norway early this year, some social media posts have tapped into the opportunity to attack the Western governments and media. It accused the West, desperately to suppress the pandemic, have turned a blind eye to Norwegians' tragic deaths, trying to sweep the vaccine's death-causing side effects under the rug. However, the AstraZeneca vaccine's roller-coaster ride has proven the accusations couldn't be more wrong and baseless.
The Norwegian health authority's investigation has found the Pfizer vaccines not to blame for the deaths of 23 frail seniors with severe underlying illnesses. Their deaths were in line with the average casualties in Norway's senior care facilities, where 400 people die each week of serious diseases. Norwegian health authorities believed the vaccine-unrelated deaths did not cause any concern over Pfizer vaccine safety, nor did it prompt any regulatory restrictions over the vaccine use.
But AstraZeneca vaccine's safety rating has been a whole new ball game, which prompted precautionary measures from the governments across the West. Multiple adverse events after the AstraZeneca shots had led to its rollout suspensions in several European countries. Austria was the first country to halt the vaccine after blood clotting occurred on two middle-aged recipients – causing one dead and another severely ill. Over a dozen European countries followed suit after 37 reports of blood clot events out of over 17 million people, despite the vaccine makers' claim that the vaccine did not increase blood clotting disorder risks.
The investigation by EU drug authorities that have found no direct link between the vaccine and the disorder temporarily cleared the vaccine's name, which allowed European governments to resume the vaccine's approval. However, new research has cast a shadow on the jab. Scientists identified a plausible mechanism that could link the AstraZeneca shot to the blood clotting disorder dubbed VIPIT. Meanwhile, more blood clot cases have emerged in Europe, raising the estimated rate of adverse events from one per million vaccinations to 1 per 100,000 – which exceeded Canadian health officials' safety tolerance.
Despite the evidence showing the vaccine's efficacy in preventing Covid 19 and despite no blood clotting incident reported in Canada, the new science development has led the Canadian health officials' decision to err on the side of caution. NACI's announcement over the vaccine's restrictions has prompted the government's changed the course of action to suspend AstraZeneca's use for people under 55. Meanwhile, the US drug agency also challenged the drug maker's efficacy results, rendering the vaccine's setback in its approval in the US.
AstraZeneca's painful saga has revealed a robust, stringent, and transparent Western medical regime, the governments' heightened vigilance over vaccines' safety, and the media's relentless efforts to put vaccine's side effects under public scrutiny. It stands in sharp contrast to authoritarian states' vaccine strategy that prioritizes the geopolitical gains over citizens' safety, trying to inoculate hundreds of thousands of people with unproven vaccines.
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