On Sunday, the Netherlands joined the list of countries that stopped the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus due to the reports on possible side effects after the injections as Reuters reported.
“We can’t allow any doubts about the vaccine. We have to make sure everything is right, so it is wise to pause for now,” Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said.
As a precaution measure, AstraZeneca drug will not be used at least until March 29. The government stated that this step made after the similar to the decision of Ireland is based on the reports from Denmark and Norway about the possible serious side effects.
According to Reuters, Dutch health authorities will be forced to cancel 43,000 vaccination appointments for at least two weeks.
The country has preliminarily ordered 12 million doses of this vaccine but its launch to be postponed due to the mentioned decision.
The health authorities planned about 290,000 injections of AstraZeneca during the next two weeks.
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.
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.