Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reassured Canadians that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe after the country had the first reported death due to a blood clot that may be linked to the shot.
The Prime Minister told NEWS 95.7 in Halifax on Wednesday he still has confidence in the vaccine.
On Tuesday, health officials in Quebec said a 54-year-old woman from Montreal died of a blood clot that occurred after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating the death.
“Every single vaccine that is being used in Canada has been approved as safe by Health Canada, and I have tremendous confidence in all vaccines including AstraZeneca. I got the AstraZeneca shot myself last week and didn’t even hesitate,” Prime Minister Trudeau told Todd Veinotte, who has been filling in for Rick Howe on The Rick Howe Show on NEWS 95.7.
Prime Minister Trudeau noted that the risk of developing this rare blood clot is far less than the risks associated with COVID-19, or the risk of developing a blood clot when someone gets the virus.
As calls grow for tougher restrictions on flights into Canada, Prime Minister Trudeau defended his government’s border measures.
“We brought in what has been one of the most efficient measures and one of the stronger measures used — not by everyone around the world but Canada is among the ones that used it best — is that two-week quarantine. That was brought in right from the very beginning,” said the Prime Minister.
Last week, the federal government suspended incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next month as cases of COVID-19 surge in both countries. However, cargo flights will be permitted to ensure the continued supply of vaccines and PPE.
Prime Minister Trudeau said his government is “working as hard as we can” to get vaccines into the country, adding that two million doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive next week.
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