According to the Tony Blair Institute, there is a feeling around the world that a section of the population is skeptical about vaccines that have been developed against the Corona virus, such as the AstraZeneca vaccine, while their effects have been proven.

Coronavirus – second year

It has been more than a year since the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization of the emergence of a new rapidly spreading virus. Since then, there hasn’t been anyone in the world who hasn’t heard of the term Covid-19, and more and more people are mourning a relative or friend who ended up with the new disease while existence collapsed in weeks and our entire lives were rewritten from the pandemic. So far, vaccines have been completed, and this in turn raises not only hope, but also many questions, while not only stopping the virus, but also threatening another mutation. You can find the details of this battle in our series of articles.

On Wednesday, the Tony Blair Institute released a brief analysis of the coronavirus vaccine confidence crisis, most notably the AstraZeneca vaccine.

According to the analysis, it is imperative that a low-cost, easy-to-store, effective, and safe vaccine – the “backbone” of the global vaccination program – be widely available around the world. According to a message on the topic

The vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca meets this in all respects, but its use is in danger due to the news that has emerged.

According to the institute, exaggerated concerns about risks exacerbate awareness of all vector vaccines, “These vaccines make up 90 percent of the COVAX (Covid-19 vaccine for low- and middle-income countries) program. But without global vaccination success, more and more mutations are expected to emerge. And the variables, “which will prolong or even make it impossible to fight the epidemic.”

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According to the institute, which bears the name of the former British Prime Minister, restrictive measures taken as a result of unilateral overestimation of risks undermine confidence in vaccines (especially the AstraZeneca vaccine). This is not the case only in the country that imposes the restrictions, but globally. According to them, while vaccination programs are stopped due to very rare suspected side effects (1 case per 250,000 vaccines), there are other widely used treatments (such as oral contraceptives) where the risks are multiple (1 case per 1000-2000 users). Not intended.

The institute believes that the available data should be published regularly,

So that confidence, efficacy and safety of vaccines can be restored in real life, clear to everyone. “

They say this is a particularly good opportunity in the UK, where vaccines, including the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, are used in large quantities and are well documented.

By the time the analysis was published, 20.6 million people had received Astra and 11 million Pfizer vaccines in the island nation. According to the pooled adverse reaction reports, few adverse reactions and deaths have been reported with both Pfizer and AstraZeneca: 4.07 Pfizer and 1.49 Astra adverse reactions reports per 100,000 vaccines.

The institute also finds a problem in not having enough focus on the number of lives saved thanks to vaccinations, and the number of treatments avoided in hospital.

Based on this, the Tony Blair Institute makes the following recommendations for each country:

  • It is considered that the numbers related to Coronavirus disease and the use of the vaccine (cases, hospitalizations, deaths) should be published on a daily basis, disaggregated by gender, age and type of vaccine.
  • According to the institute, the number of side effects observed and positive experiences also need to be reported, showing how rare serious side effects are.
  • According to the institute, establishing an international team of experts can ensure that data are properly and continuously assessed and reported, and different national agencies avoid drawing different conclusions from the same data.
  • The institute believes that the use of vaccines should not be stopped due to suspected side effects, but efforts must be made to investigate cases quickly. “Lockdowns and prolonged testing are usually warranted – but we don’t live in normal times now. And they write that stopping and restricting vaccination can cause a crisis of confidence that can lead to a failure of the vaccination program, so it is only a last resort.
  • In addition, it is proposed to establish an adequate infrastructure that includes testing, symptomatic treatment and antiviral therapy. They say that these drugs, along with vaccines, could turn the Covid-19 pandemic into an influenza-like pandemic.
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