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(DF) Health Minister on AstraZeneca, J&J Vaccines

April 13 (BTA) - Health Minister Kostadin Angelov said the European Medicines Agency was expected to announce later on Tuesday its conclusions following a review of reports about blood clots in people who had received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States. The Health Minister voiced concern over reports that the US had called for a pause on the use of that vaccine on Tuesday after discovering six cases of a rare type of blood clot that developed about two weeks post-vaccination. Angelov also said that people who want to get their second shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine can have it. The rest will be offered an alternative, most probably one of the mRNA vaccines. He recalled, however, that there is no research into pairing doses from two different COVID-19 vaccines. Bulgarian expert boards have until the end of the week to give their opinion on the possibility of administering a second shot with a different COVID vaccine. "There has been a certain decrease in interest in the AstraZeneca vaccine but we are not going to withdraw it," said Angelov. A new batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived on Tuesday and will be distributed. The Health Minister attended the distribution of Remdesivir from the BB-NCIPD Ltd. warehouse to the regional health inspectorates. He said: "Today's delivery will meet requirements. There are 15,000 doses of the medication in the warehouse, of which 8,000 were distributed on Tuesday." Angelov declined to comment on reports that President Rumen Radev's wife had been hospitalized, saying only he hoped that if that was the case, Desislava Radeva would get well. Asked about Slavi Trifonov, leader of the There Is Such a People party, who is in COVID quarantine, Angelov said he hoped that Trifonov would recover, as many Bulgarians have done already. Trifonov, whose party was the runner-up in the April 4 elections, said he had COVID symptoms on election night, which was later confirmed by a test. RI/DD 14 Април 2021, 08:00

Източник: BTA Free News

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