AUSTRALIA

Health authorities working to put ‘safety above all else’ through AstraZeneca review

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the ATAGI and the TGA are reviewing the latest information on the AstraZeneca vaccine from the European regulators and advice will be provided to National Cabinet on Friday.

This comes after the European Union’s medicines regulator reported it found a "possible link" between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots in adults.

“Now with the additional advice overseas … we have asked the Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation here in Australia to review and provide advice,” Mr Hunt said. 

“That advice will go to the chief health and medical officers of Australia, the body chaired by Professor Paul Kelly, the chief medical officer, and also at the same time the TGA ... is considering the latest advice from overseas. 

“That will all come through to government and as the prime minister indicated this morning, that will be discussed at a health ministers meeting this evening and National Cabinet with all of the states and territories and their leaders and the prime minister tomorrow. 

“Already significant steps have been taken with the updated advice from the TGA and, in particular, from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. 

“Our task here is very simple. It's always been and this is what's kept Australia safe - to follow and seek the medical advice and to put safety above all else."

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the ATAGI and the TGA are reviewing the latest information on the AstraZeneca vaccine from the European regulators and advice will be provided to National Cabinet on Friday.

This comes after the European Union’s medicines regulator reported it found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots in adults.

“Now with the additional advice overseas … we have asked the Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation here in Australia to review and provide advice,” Mr Hunt said.

“That advice will go to the chief health and medical officers of Australia, the body chaired by Professor Paul Kelly, the chief medical officer, and also at the same time the TGA … is considering the latest advice from overseas.

“That will all come through to government and as the prime minister indicated this morning, that will be discussed at a health ministers meeting this evening and National Cabinet with all of the states and territories and their leaders and the prime minister tomorrow.

“Already significant steps have been taken with the updated advice from the TGA and, in particular, from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

“Our task here is very simple. It’s always been and this is what’s kept Australia safe – to follow and seek the medical advice and to put safety above all else.”

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