More countries suspend vaccination with AstraZeneca drug

Source : 112 Ukraine

Italian medical official assumes this decision was "political", while some health experts indicate rare occasions of blood clots development in a small percentage of vaccinated people
15:56, 16 March 2021


Sweden and Latvia joined the list of European countries that decided to delay the vaccination program with the use of AstraZeneca vaccine. As is known, the decisions are made amidst the vexing reports about deaths (though extremely rare) of some patients inoculated with this particular drug. Reuters came up with a story on this matter.

Earlier, Germany, France and Italy claimed they'd suspend the vaccination campaign due to these reports. For examole, in Germany, three individuals of those 1.6 million vaccinated people in this country developed a rare disease, the cerebral thrombosis and succumbed to the sickness.

"The WHO and EMA had earlier joined AstraZeneca in saying there is no proven link, but some experts said rare cases of highly unusual cerebral thrombosis in younger people did appear to indicate a causal connection to the AstraZeneca shot. “The benefits of vaccination significantly outweigh the risks, especially for the elderly,” said Karl Lauterbach, health spokesman for Germany’s Social Democratic Party", reads the story. 

Related: WHO to discuss halt of AstraZeneca vaccine use

There are certain voices claiming that the decisions to refuse from vaccination is a politically motivated step. "Nicola Magrini, the director general of Italy’s medicines authority AIFA, told daily La Repubblica in an interview that the choice to suspend the AstraZeneca shot was “political”. He said it was safe and said its benefit to risk ratio was “widely positive”. There have been eight deaths and four cases of serious side-effects in Italy following vaccinations, he added", writes Reuters.

Related: Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Latvia refuse to use AstraZeneca vaccine

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