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Source: Ross Andersen,, April 25, 2021

As of last week in Canada, more than 700,000 people have received the AstraZeneca vaccine. In total five people have been diagnosed with blood clots linked to the vaccine.

TORONTO — As the federal government ramps up its mass inoculation campaign, one Canadian hematologist is reassuring people that the benefits of receiving the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine still outweigh the risks, despite a rare risk of blood clots.

Dr. Menaka Pai, an associate professor of medicine at McMaster University and a hematologist and thrombosis medicine physician at Hamilton Health Sciences, took to Twitter on Friday to emphasize that the benefits of the vaccine combating the effects of the virus continue to outweigh the potential side-effects associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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