Germany suspends AstraZeneca vaccine amid clotting concerns

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Problems pile up on AstraZeneca as Irish, Dutch halt shots

"A careful review of all available safety data of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union and United Kingdom with Covid Vaccine AstraZeneca has shown no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or thrombocytopenia, in any defined age group, gender, batch or in any particular country", the company said in a statement. "People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so".

Thailand, which became the first country outside of Europe to delay use of the AstraZeneca shot on Friday, plans to start using the vaccine on Tuesday, officials said, with the prime minister and his cabinet the first to receive it.

The AstraZeneca vaccine will be available for those aged 65 and older in South Korea starting on March 23, Kang said.

Ireland's Department of Health made the decision to defer its rollout of the vaccine even though "it has not been concluded that there is any link between the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and these cases" of blood clotting, said Dr. Ronan Glynn, the department's deputy chief medical officer, in a statement.

Health authorities had scheduled around 290,000 AstraZeneca injections in the coming two weeks.

AstraZeneca jabs make up around 20 percent of the 590,000 shots administered among the country's population of 4.9 million.

AstraZeneca has said the vaccine has been studied extensively during Phase 3 trials, and peer-reviewed data confirmed that the jab is 'generally well-tolerated'.

"Health Canada, our experts and scientists have spent an very bad lot of time making sure that every vaccine approved in Canada is both safe and effective", the prime minister told reporters in Montreal.

"You have to be very careful because it's also sending a message that there could be something very wrong with the vaccine when in fact, it's very unlikely that there is", she said.

Australia has secured about 54 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with the majority to be produced by CSL in Melbourne.

Last week, Germany and France were among the nations that stuck by the shot, while Italy suspended only a specific batch of the vaccine. "The nature of the pandemic has led to increased attention in individual cases and we are going beyond the standard practices for safety monitoring of licensed medicines in reporting vaccine events, to ensure public safety".

He said the suspension should not delay any planned easing of coronavirus restrictions. After seeing some of the reports from Europe, he said he didn't want to take a chance.

On Monday, Germany joined Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Iceland and Ireland and other countries in suspending the use of the vaccine as it probes the blood clot incidents.

French President Emmanuel Macron said his country's officials were hoping to resume AstraZeneca vaccinations "quickly if the judgement of the EMA allows it".

"We can avoid that", Fauci said.

Governors in some USA states have started to allow businesses to resume normal operations and told residents in their states they no longer have to wear face masks in public.

France to suspend AstraZeneca COVID vaccine pending EMA guidance