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Thailand says China’s Sinovac Covid vaccine safe to use after investigation into stroke-like symptoms reported in 6 recipients
Thailand has stood by its ongoing use of the Chinese Sinovac Biotech Covid vaccine following six recipients reporting stroke-like symptoms, after an inquiry found no connection between the jab and the illnesses.
A government-appointed panel of experts investigated the concerns after six medical personnel who were administered the Chinese-developed vaccine experienced drowsiness and numbness – symptoms like those felt by stroke victims. The individuals were all given treatments for strokes and recovered, with no further medical concerns reported.
Having examined the cases, Thai health authorities ruled that there was no clear link between the vaccine and the side effects, deciding that the country should continue to include Sinovac in its rollout.
“The panel agreed we can continue to use this vaccine batch because the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the temporary effects, which can occur,” Dr Kulkanya Chokephaibulkit, chair of the committee on adverse events after immunization, said on Wednesday.
Thailand is not the first country to have reports of stroke-like symptoms among a small number of recipients of the Sinovac jab.