A few European countries suspended AstraZeneca vaccine rollout

A few European countries suspended AstraZeneca vaccine rollout
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France, Italy, Germany, and Spain have marked the latest European nations to provisionally stop the rollout of the AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine because of a small number of blood clot problems, which went against the advice of international medical firms when 3rd wave of the virus appears in the continent.

For the incoming two weeks, Spain is going to halt the COVID-19 vaccine, Carolina Darias (the country’s Health Minister) declared in a news conference Monday. She said that it is precautionary and temporary until the problems can be addressed by the EMA (European Medicines Agency).

On Monday, Jens Spahn (German Health Minister) said that the country would stop vaccinations as a precaution after reports tracked of a few cases of blood clots in infections inoculated by the AstraZeneca vaccine in Norway and Denmark.

On Monday, Italy and France even stopped their rollouts of the AstraZeneca vaccine, awaited evaluation by the European Union’s medicines regulator, the EMA (European Medicines Agency), even though it later repeated its advice that nations stick to the rollout.

France paused rollout as a precaution

On Monday, in a new news briefing, Emmanuel Macron (French President) said that they have planned to stop the use of AstraZeneca as a precautionary guideline and are expecting to reopen it immediately if the advice of EMA allows it.

A few European countries suspended AstraZeneca vaccine rollout
France, Italy, Germany, and Spain suspended AstraZeneca vaccine rollout,
Source: Web

The orders came into effect hours after an attorney in northern Italy directed a batch of the Coronavirus vaccine to be halted, mentioning a person who fell sick and passed away after receiving a shot. On Monday, the Italian medicines agency AIFA declared that the country’s medicines agency also stopped the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution, ahead of the EMA conference.

Most of Europe has currently suspended the usage of the AstraZeneca vaccine for the time being, after the death of a woman in Denmark linked to the vaccine. Furthermore, another causality also happened in Norway on Monday.

The WHO stressed to continue vaccine rollout

The postponements found against the suggestion of the WHO (World Health Organization), the European Medicines Agency, and AstraZeneca itself, all of them stressing that there is no clue of a link with blood clotting and that vaccine rollout should proceed while the death reports are being examined.

The WHO, in a statement to a news agency, CNN, said that as of today, there is no clue that the incidents are caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine, and it is crucial that inoculation campaigns continue so that they can save lives and stem deadly disease from the virus. The WHO continued that it was measuring the recent reports, but described that any change in its recommendations wouldn’t be anticipated.