The Indian vaccine is relatively safe compared with three others administered in America and Guyanese and West Indians are urged to take it; it helps to prevent deaths from Covid. The vaccine will not cause death and will boost immunity against the virus preventing death.
As per news reports, several countries suspended the Astra Zeneca vaccines while others are continuing to administer it. European and South American countries at various times resumed vaccination, suspended, and resumed it again. The suspension is related to blood clots. Some countries have completely disallow Astra Zeneca vaccines based on age – not above 55 or 45. As it turns out, the Astra Zeneca vaccine is not made in one factory and the one that is facing queries is not the one from India that is being supplied to Guyana.
AstraZeneca is made at labs in several countries. The one being suspended is made largely in the UK, South Korea, and other countries in Europe. Brazil and Mexico were to make vaccines but lack the raw materials. India is also facing difficulties for the raw materials to ramp up production of vaccines. The US, one of the major suppliers of vaccine raw materials, has suspended exports although President Biden has promised Prime Minister Modi to free up export materials to India to produce vaccine for the world.
The UK is continuing with the AstraZeneca vaccinations with almost half the population receiving a jab. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was inoculated it a couple weeks ago.
The suspended Astra Zeneca vaccines are not made in India, the ones being supplied to Guyana and Caricom, Brazil, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, SAARC, Myanmar, Dominican Republic, Morocco, and other African countries, etc. Astra Zeneca is known as Covishield in India. The WHO supplies Astra Zeneca (by the name of COVAX) and another Indian vaccine (Covaxine) made by Bharat Biotech to Third World countries and has ordered 2 billion doses from India.
Some 80M doses of the vaccines were administered in India and another 40M elsewhere. So far, there have been 300 reported side effects and 75 deaths in India of people who were vaccinated. But neither the side effects nor the deaths have been confirmed as vaccine related; there were other complications. The victims had other underlining issues. The number of side effects or deaths in other countries using India made Astra Zeneca is not known.
Going by the Indian data, it would suggest that the side effects, even if related to the vaccine, is less than a fraction of a fraction of 1% and the deaths a quarter of that number. That would suggest a success rate of over 99%.
In the US, Moderna and Pfizer have a 95% efficacy experimental rate. The Russian Sputnik claims a 94% efficacy rate as reported in a reputable British journal. The Chinese Sinopharm claims an efficacy rate of just over 51%, but data is not openly available. The Johnson and Johnson have an efficacy rate of 80%. The infection and death rates of people who received the America, Chinese, and Russian vaccines are not known.
As advised by medical experts and WHO, Astra Zeneca (Covishield or Covaxine known as Covax) is highly recommended. The blood clot issues reported in Europe have not been confirmed to be vaccine related; studies are undergoing. Doctors say that Covid itself cause blood clot. At any rate, any vaccine (Covax or any other) is better than no vaccine. I had my full vaccines, and so far, I have been Covid free in spite of being exposed to Covid victims. Please take the vaccine.