Several EU nations halt AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine rollout over blood clot fears

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Several nations in Europe have suspended the usage of the Coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca/Oxford University over blood clot considerations, regardless of a press release by the World Health Organisation (WHO) saying there was no indication the clotting occasions had been brought on by the vaccine. 

Early on Monday, Germany, France, Italy and Spain had suspended their rollout of the jab and Portugal, Luxembourg and Slovenia adopted later within the day, whereas Latvia and Sweden adopted swimsuit on Tuesday morning. 

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“After new reports of thromboses of the cerebral veins in connection with the vaccination in Germany and Europe, the [Paul Ehrlich Institute] PEI considers further investigations to be necessary,” mentioned Germany’s Health Minister, Jens Spahn, who described the choice as “a purely precautionary measure.”

The move by 13 nations throughout the bloc to halt the usage of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University jab, had Europe’s medicines watchdog, particularly the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issuing a press release on Monday defending the vaccine rollout and asserting a rare assembly on Thursday to evaluate all info gathered. 

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“The number of thromboembolic events overall in vaccinated people seems not to be higher than that seen in the general population,” EMA mentioned in a press release issued on Tuesday. 

The head of the Amsterdam-based firm, Emer Cooke insisted that the “benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing COVID-19, with its associated risk of hospitalisation and death, outweigh the risks of side effects”. 

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Speaking to a press convention, EMA’s Executive Director, d firm voiced her considerations over the vaccine rollout suspensions, arguing that they might have “an effect on the trust of the vaccines … but our job is to make sure the products we authorize are safe.” 

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