The Australian Drug regulators has suggested that two deaths in the NSW is unlikely to be linked to the coronavirus vaccine.
John Skerritt, head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), said an investigation was under way after two men, aged 55 and 71, died from blood clots.
It is believed that both got AstraZeneca Jab, it is extremely rare but is recommended for use only in people over 50 years of age due to severe blood clots.
Adjunct Professor Skerritt said the men had various blood clots but declined to provide further details due to confidentiality.
He strongly warned the media and the public against reaching any conclusions about the possible link between death and vaccination.
“Current evidence probably suggests no association,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.
The TGA boss stressed that regulators do not see a flood of serious adverse reactions, with only 11,000 reports containing 2.1 million doses ranging from sore arms to heart attacks.
All serious cases are carefully checked with the rate of blood clots associated with AstraZeneca, close to five in every one million shots.
The benefits have dramatically outweighed the risks, so don’t hide anything even knowing that Clots has a small background risk,” says Professor Skerritt.
“But with all the drugs, all the treatments, all the procedures, driving, flying the plane, there are some risks and the benefits in the case of these vaccines outweigh the risks.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also called on medical experts about linking vaccines to blood clotting deaths without evidence.
“We have to be careful about how we talk about these cases,” he told Darwin Radio Mix 104.9 on Thursday.
“Let’s allow treatment information to be established.”
The prime minister’s warning came as the government and health experts try to fight rising vaccine hesitancy.
Chief Nursing Officer Alison McMillan said a rigorous process is underway to investigate adverse reactions.
“It’s really important not to come to a conclusion here,” he told ABC.
The TGA has confirmed six cases of rare blood clots that may have been linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Although it is recommended not to use in people under the age of 50, side effects are very rare in four to six cases per ten million jabs.
It needs to be a partnership with the commercial sector,” he said.
He said infection control, manpower, safety and flight should be considered in order to set up specific separate arrangements at Howard Springs near Darwin.
The prime minister said that “It’s not a matter of finding a mining camp with some beds, it’s much more complicated than that.”