Health officials on Tuesday said a rise in the number of doses leading to blood clots has essentially doubled, from one in about 125,000 to about one in 60,000.
"We want the court to order the company to deliver 90 million additional doses, in addition to the 30 million already delivered in the first quarter", European Commission spokesman Stefan De Keersmaecker told a media conference.
McMillan said no decisions have been made on whether individuals who have received a dose of AstraZeneca will be able to receive a second dose of either Moderna or Pfizer.
Alberta Health confirms it will withhold its current supply of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for second doses.
"Data from the United Kingdom points to a much reduced risk of VITT in second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and we look forward to providing more guidance in advance of people needing to receive their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine when their time for the second dose comes".More news: World Health Organization classifies Indian Covid variant as being of global concern
Canada signed an advance purchase agreement to receive about 20 million total doses of AstraZeneca, health officials in Ottawa said earlier this month.
Ontario said it has 49,280 doses of the shot remaining in the province out of over 707,000 received.
Ontario announced Tuesday afternoon it has stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine as a first dose in view of an apparent increase in the occurrence of blood clots among first dose recipients of the vaccine.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommended April 23 that people at low risk from COVID-19 wait to get vaccinated until they can access Pfizer or Moderna rather than get AstraZeneca immediately.
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"People need to be reassured that it's a good thing to have, particularly at the period of time that we needed it", she said.
The vaccine is now only available at pharmacies for adults aged 40 and over.
"But in the same token, it means a lot of these countries are at risk that they will not get a second round of this vaccination".
Results of a new Leger poll suggest Canadian confidence in COVID-19 vaccines is holding firm despite swirling confusion and concern about the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
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Nearly all the 2.3 million doses of AstraZeneca already delivered to Canada have been used, and only 655,000 doses are scheduled to arrive this month. Another million doses are expected in June.