MP Craig Kelly calls on Health Minister to suspend AstraZeneca for under 65 year olds
Independent Member for Hughes, Craig Kelly has today again called on Government health officials to follow the lead of Europe and immediately suspend AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine for use in Australia, for all under 65-year-olds – at the very minimum.
“Overnight Spain and Italy (for under 60’s) and Belgium (for under 56’s) have suspended AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine following the latest data released by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the risk of potential serious harms from the vaccine for different age groups,” former Liberal MP Craig Kelly said.
“Spain, Italy and Belgium have now joined Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden, Latvia and Iceland that already have their own various suspensions in place.
“Further, even on AstraZeneca’s home turf of the UK, health regulators moved swiftly yesterday to suspend AstraZeneca’s Covid Vaccine for under 30-year-olds, it is inconceivable that the Australian Government health officials would ignore the advice from Europe, and sit on their hands as more Australians are jabbed.
“Just because the Australian government may have put most of their eggs in the AstraZeneca basket, this is no reason to continue jabbing Australians with this vaccine when so many health regulators in Europe have suspended on safety concerns.
“The data released overnight by the EMA on the Potential serious harms v. Potential benefits for various age groups, together with Australia’s low rate of Covid infections, clearly demonstrates that for Australia the potential risk of serious harm far OUTWEIGHS the potential benefits.
“Australian health officials must follow the evidence and act now !”