The health authorities of Chile announced this Thursday that they will temporarily suspend the administration of second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in children under 45 years of age “as a precaution”, after detecting a case of thrombosis in a young person.
“We are awaiting the result of an investigation. Tomorrow (this Friday) the Institute of Public Health (ISP) will give the result of whether or not there was an adverse effect in a 31-year-old patient”, explained the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris.
From the Ministry of Health they detailed, in a statement, that “on Tuesday, June 1, an ESAVI (Events Supposedly Attributable to Vaccination and Immunization) affecting a 31-year-old man, who presents a picture of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia, was notified, very low frequency event described in the international literature “.
After learning about the case, the Health area took the preventive measure, while the Vaccine Pharmacovigilance subdepartment of the Public Health Institute carried out the causality analysis, until the results of said investigation were obtained.
In the text they reiterated that the vaccine from the University of Oxford y AstraZeneca was approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and that thrombosis events are “very low frequency” events.
The English vaccine, of which 326,560 doses have been applied in the country, was approved in April for emergency use in women over 55 and men over 18 years of age.
The announcement came days after the temporary reduction in administration between the two doses was announced in men under 45 years of age: it will pass to only 28 days, when a 12-week interval was in force.
Chile, of 19 million inhabitants, carries out one of the fastest vaccination processes in the world: 52.7 percent of the target population have already received both doses, a figure that places it only behind Israel.
In addition to AstraZeneca, of which 6 million vaccines are committed, the country also authorized the one from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, of which he has received around 18 million doses; that of Pfizer/BioNTech, which has also been applied to a lesser extent, and that of the Chinese laboratory CanSino, from which he bought 1.8 million doses.
However, the goal of the Sebastián Piñera government, which intended to vaccinate the entire target population before July 1, is far from being met, since the percentage of people who have received at least one dose stands at 70.2 per hundred.
The Government of Chile reported this Thursday that the occupancy level of intensive care beds throughout the country is close to 97 percent and that the number of patients who “unfortunately” are admitted to intensive care units “continues to increase” amid the rebound in daily cases and deaths.
The Undersecretary of Healthcare Networks, Alberto Dougnac, detailed to the press that the national occupancy is already 96.7 percent and highlighted that, of the new intensive care admissions, 86 percent have not been vaccinated or have not completed the entire vaccination scheme against the coronavirus.
To date, there are 3,219 people hospitalized in intensive care, of which 2,724 are connected to mechanical ventilation. In addition, the health authorities reported that there were 8,150 new cases and 213 deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, which leaves the neighboring country with 1,403,101 infected and 29,598 deaths since the health crisis began in March last year.
The Government also indicated that the national positivity rate was 9.69 percent, while the Metropolitan Region registered 11 percent, which confirms Santiago as the main source of infection in the country. Chile is the sixth country in Latin America with the most confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).
In the midst of this upturn in cases at the national level, the health authorities decreed the decline to total confinement of 16 communes (neighborhoods), of which five are in Santiago, which include populated areas such as Maipú, Independencia, Santiago Centro, Macul and Cerrillos .
In this scenario, the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, reiterated his support for the controversial “mobility pass”, decreed by the Government to give greater freedom to those who are fully vaccinated and immunized.
However, he announced that “people in quarantined communes will be able to use their mobility pass only within their own commune, they will not be able to move to other communes” and warned that “failure to comply with this ordinance will have sanctions” and that bearers of this pass they cannot “move to other regions while their commune is in quarantine”.
Paris’s words come after President Sebastián Piñera said in an interview that he is willing “to evaluate everything according to the information and evolution of the pandemic”, including the “mobility pass.”
This measure has generated harsh criticism from the Medical College, but the president defends it as a way for many people to get out of confinement. However, he clarified that “it does not allow them to go to restaurants, or go to work” because the rules do not change since “the (official plan) Step by step is maintained.”