SYDNEY: Australia on Friday reported its first fatality from blood clots in a recipient of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 shot, and its regulator said there was a likely link between the 48-year-old woman's death and the vaccine. Hers was the third instance of the rare blood clots appearing in people who have been administered the vaccine in Australia. The other two are recovering well, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) added. It said it was "carefully reviewing" similar instances in Australia. The New South Wales woman received the AstraZeneca vaccine on April 8, the day that the government announced that the Pfizer vaccine would be given as a preference to patients under 50, delaying its inoculation timetable. In the absence of an alternative cause for the clot that she developed, Australia's Vaccine Safety Investigation Group (VSIG) "believed that a causative link to vaccination should be assumed at this time," the TGA said. The VSIG had held a meeting late on Friday following news of the woman's death. The TGA said her case had been complicated by underlying medical conditions, including diabetes, "as well as some atypical features." There had been at least 885,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines administered in Australia so far,
BERLIN (REUTERS) - BioNTech expects results by September from trials testing the Covid-19 vaccine that the firm and Pfizer have developed in babies as young as six months old, German magazine Spiegel cited the company's chief executive as saying. "In July, the first results could be available for the five- to 12-year-olds; in September for the younger children," BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin told Spiegel. He added that it takes about four to six weeks to evaluate the data. "If all goes well, as soon as the data is evaluated, we will be able to submit the application for approval of the vaccine for all children in the respective age group in different countries," he said. BioNTech and Pfizer asked US regulators this month to approve emergency-use of their vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 15. Dr Sahin was quoted by Spiegel as saying that the company was "in the final stages before submission" to European regulators for children aged 12 and older. A trial published at the end of March found that the companies' Covid-19 vaccine was safe, effective and produces robust antibody responses in adolescents. The Pfizer-BioNTech two-shot vaccine is already authorised for use in
NEW YORK: President Joe Biden pledged to “do more” to address gun violence and implored Congress to act after a mass shooting in Indianapolis left eight people dead. But his administration, scrambling to respond to a new cycle of violence, rejected calls to appoint a gun czar to more forcefully confront the crisis. On Friday, Biden called gun violence across the country “a national embarrassment” and urged Senate Republicans to allow a vote on a gun control bill that has already passed the House. “This has to end,” he said. But White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, rejected suggestions that Biden appoint a gun czar, similar to the position he created to address the climate crisis. “I would say that advocates should pressure Republicans in the Senate...and ask them why they are opposing universal background checks,” she said after a reporter suggested that Biden was “passing the buck” by blaming Republicans. The attack, in which four Sikhs were killed, was another blow to the Asian American community a month after six people of Asian descent were killed in a mass shooting. The motive of Indianapolis shooter, 19-year-old Brandon Hole, was unclear.