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AstraZeneca Vaccine Suspended By Germany, France, Italy, Spain

AstraZeneca is suspended again

France, Italy, Spain, and Germany suspended AstraZeneca COVID-19 immunization due to precautions as confirmed by officials. Italians seized thousands of doses of the vaccine in a northern province after a 57-year-old man died. The UK company and EU regulators claim there is no evidence that the vaccine caused the blood clots and killed the man.

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“The decision has been made … to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution, hoping that we can resume its use quickly if the judgment of the EMA (European Medicines Agency) allows it,” French President Emmanuel Macron said at a press conference on Monday.

Germany is also suspending the use of the vaccine. There are several reports of blood clots following the immunization. Some reports suggest recipients got sick.

“After new reports of thromboses of the cerebral veins in connection with the vaccination in Germany and Europe, the PEI considers further investigations to be necessary,” said the German Ministry of Health Monday. “The European Medicines Agency will decide whether and how the new findings will affect the approval of the vaccine,” it added, according to news reports.

The Italian medicines authority AIFA said they were suspending AstraZeneca as a “precautionary and temporary measure” ahead of the EMA’s decision. Italian prosecutors on Monday confirmed they had seized thousands of doses of the shot in the northern province of Piedmont after one recipient died.

Sandro Tognatti, 57, fell ill and died in unclear circumstances. The death of the music teacher caused an avalanche of reactions. Sicilian officials seized another batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine after two deaths were confirmed.

“It is therefore important to ensure that continued administration of the drug throughout the country does not lead to further consequences (harmful or fatal) … until we are completely sure that (Tognatti’s) death cannot be attributed to the above-mentioned inoculation,” prosecutor Teresa Angela Camelio said in a statement Monday.

AstraZeneca claims that “the safety of all is our first priority.”

“We are working with national health authorities and European officials and look forward to their assessment later this week. 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,” it read.

Spain’s Health Minister Carolina Dias said her country will suspend the administration of AstraZeneca for two weeks. This will be their “precautionary” and “temporary” measure.

In Spain, officials administer the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under 55.

According to AstraZeneca, there are 37 reports of blood clots out of 17 million people vaccinated in the EU and Britain. They have found no evidence that their vaccine increases the risk of developing clots.

“Many thousands of people develop blood clots annually in the EU for different reasons,” the EMA has said. The incidence in vaccinated people “seems not to be higher than that seen in the general population.”

In Europe, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Romania, Luxembourg, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, and Iceland have already suspended AstraZeneca. Thailand, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Indonesia did the same. Denmark’s Medicines Agency claims that a 60-year-old woman died after receiving AstraZeneca.

Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski warned that his country would hold off on a decision to approve AstraZeneca shots.

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Source: The Epoch Times

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