Health & Fitness Why UK turned its back on AstraZeneca: 3 reasons Covid booster jab won't be made by Oxford
Mother, 47, dies after AstraZeneca Covid jab caused blood clots
Lucy Taberer, 47, from Aylestone, Leicester, fell seriously ill after getting the AstraZeneca jab and developed blood clots on her brain which caused a massive stroke. Her heartbroken fiance Mark Tomlin, from Aylestone, Leicester, has since spoken about the devastating impact her death has had on the family including the couple's five-year-old son Orson.He said Lucy, a playgroup leader, initially experienced mild and common side effects in the days after she was vaccinated at the Peepul Centre in Belgrave on March 19.
Thevaccine, developed at the University of Oxford, provided the NHS with much-needed jab doses when vaccines were scarce, and countries were fighting to acquire limited supplies. The AstraZeneca jab, also known as the Oxford , won't be used for the winter booster rollout, however.
To "keep the lid" on the virus over the winter, the Prime Minister unveiled in a Downing Street press conference on September 14, his COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan.
Under the plan, a booster vaccine programme will be rolled out to 30 million people - starting next week, when booster jabs will be offered to the most vulnerable.
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Care home residents, the over 70s, frontline health workers, and adults deemed clinically extremely vulnerable will be given a third vaccine dose.
Booster jabs will then be offered to most adults aged over 50 within the next few months.
Why has the AstraZeneca jab been shunned?
The Government has opted to use both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for the booster programme.
There are three key reasons why Britain won't be using the AZ jab for this booster round.
The JCVI hasn't recommended using the AstraZeneca vaccine for the booster scheme
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines offer a strong booster response.
JCVI chief says it's 'highly likely' there will be a booster scheme
Deputy JCVI chair Professor Anthony Harnden said: 'I think it is still highly likely that there will be a booster programme. It's just a question of how we frame it.'The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which guides ministers on the roll-out, is still yet to give the green light to plans to re-vaccinate 32million over-50s.
Its conclusions were made using extensive research, including the Cov-Boost study.
The Cov-Boost study also reviewed the safety and efficacy of vaccines produced by AstraZeneca, Novavax, Valneva, Janssen, and Curevac.
None of these have been recommended for the UK's booster programme by the JCVI.
So if the Government takes the advice of the JCVI, the AstraZeneca vaccine will not be used in the booster programme.
The head of AstraZeneca isn't keen
The head of AstraZeneca has said rolling out third doses too quickly would be an "unnecessary burden" on the NHS.
Chief executive Pascal Soriot has said the Government should be patient before committing to a booster programme.
He said the UK was "a few weeks away" from having a definitive answer on how effective just two doses of the vaccine were in providing "continued, protective immunity".
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He warned that moving too quickly would deprive scientists of data on how well the vaccines work.
The AstraZeneca vaccine doesn't use mRNA technologies
One of the reasons the JCVI has recommended the use of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines above others is because they use mRNA technologies.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of COVID-19 Immunisation for the JCVI said mRNA technologies provided "a very good immune boost" in recent studies.
Also, there appears to be more scientific evidence available about the long-term efficacy of mRNA vaccines over other jabs.
But the use of AstraZeneca in the booster scheme hasn't been ruled out completely.
Professor Wei Shen Lim said the JCVI will "keep our options open".DON'T MISS:
But he added: "I don't think I can say very much about future booster programmes because we just don't have the data, we don't know what might happen.
"I think we need to keep our options open - I wouldn't want to exclude any options at this moment."
A source close to AstraZeneca said the company was finalising data on the durability of protection offered by its Covid vaccine, according to the i.
The side effect seen 'more frequently' after Pfizer booster shot than previous doses - FDA .
THE PFIZER vaccine is being offered as a booster shot to curb the threat of a resurgent coronavirus this winter. To support its emergency authorisation in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysed data from the original clinical trial involving the booster shot. In its analysis, the FDA picked up a side effect "more frequently" seen after the booster dose.Health bodies arrived at the decision after analysing the data from clinical trials, making sure there were no safety concerns that made the decision disproportionate to the threat of Covid.