The WHO consultative committee for vaccine safety is about to discuss the situation with AstraZeneca vaccines and the decision of certain countries to halt their use. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director General reported that at a briefing.
The official claimed that such decision made by certain countries is a "routine practice".
The decisions to suspend vaccination in several European countries took place amidst the cases of blood clots emerging in some patients after vaccination with the AstraZeneca drug.
The first ones to make the decision were 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.
Earlier, Ghebreyesus claimed that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused more "mass trauma" than the World War II did. He also added that pandemic induced mass trauma is "beyond proportion and even bigger than what the world experienced" after the Second World War. "Countries have to see it as such, and prepare for that," he warned.