The Health Ministry explained that the decision was made amid the reports on thrombembolia of some vaccinated patients.
“German Paul Ehrlich Institute made a conclusion that it is necessary to study the possible influence of the vaccine on the blood clots and recommended to stop the use of AstraZeneca drug during the vaccination of the population,” the message said.
Following Germany, France and Italy stopped the vaccination by AstraZeneca drug.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization urges the world not to stop the vaccination by AstraZeneca.
“As of today, there is no evidence that the incidents are caused by the vaccine and it is important that vaccination campaigns continue so that we can save lives and stem severe disease from the virus,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said as Reuters reported.
As we reported, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) considers the reports on side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The issue is about information from a few EU countries on the blood clots of some vaccinated people.
Due to the blood clots, some countries stopped the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine; particularly, Denmark, Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia and Cyprus. Norway is not an EU member but it also stopped the use of AstraZeneca. Later, Bulgaria, Thailand and Romania joined this list; while a woman died after AstraZeneca shot in Croatia. Soon, Ireland and the Netherlands also refused fro AstraZeneca’s use.
However, the World Health Organization sees no reason to stop using AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. It is underlined that it was an “excellent vaccine” and that no causal relationship had been established between it and the health problems reported.
Later, AstraZeneca Company stated its vaccine does not lead to blood clotting ability issues.