Major European Countries Suspend Use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Amid Reports of Blood Clots
By Fox News // March 16, 2021
countries include Germany, France, Italy
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(FOX NEWS) – Germany, France, Italy, and other major European countries suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine this week following reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients marking the latest setback in an already slow inoculation effort across the continent.
The pause came despite assurances from the European Union’s drug regulator that there is “no indication” the AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots.
One of three vaccines in use in the EU, AstraZeneca is standing firm behind its vaccine stating that there have been just 15 instances of deep vein thrombosis and 22 cases of pulmonary embolism among the millions of Europeans who have received the vaccine.
“Around 17 million people in the EU and UK have now received our vaccine, and the number of cases of blood clots reported in this group is lower than the hundreds of cases that would be expected among the general population,” Ann Taylor, chief medical officer for the drug company, said Sunday.
Italy, Germany, and other countries paused the vaccine pending a European Medicines Agency review that has been promised for Thursday.
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