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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: Portugal halted vaccination on March 15
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: Portugal halted vaccination on March 15. WHO: Existing data on AstraZeneca vaccines are being reviewed. According to a report by local Portuguese media on March 15, after the suspension of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccination in many European countries, the Portuguese Ministry of Health will also announce the suspension of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccination. This measure will be a preventive measure until European medical institutions analyze the thrombosis cases and determine whether the thrombosis is related to the vaccination.
Previously reported: Germany, France and Italy announced the discontinuation of AstraZeneca vaccine
Due to the occurrence of blood clots and even deaths among vaccinators, AstraZeneca vaccine has recently been on the cusp of public opinion. The governments of Germany, France, and Italy announced on the 15th that they would suspend the use of AstraZeneca vaccines. As of that day, 15 countries in Europe have stopped using AstraZeneca vaccine. At the same time, the British government still calls on the people to believe in and get AstraZeneca vaccine. In Asia, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Thai Prime Minister Prayut have indicated that they will receive the vaccine in the near future to dispel public doubts.
According to a report from “Deutsche Welle” on the 15th, after adopting the recommendations of relevant agencies, the German Ministry of Health announced the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccine vaccination in Germany from that day. Agence France-Presse reported on the 15th that French President Macron announced the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccination on the same day. The report also mentioned that the French National Medicines Agency also stated on the 13th that the country has not experienced any serious deaths or thrombosis. Of side effects, it was decided to continue the AstraZeneca vaccination plan. The Italian news agency ANSA reported on the 15th that the Italian Medicines Agency also announced the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccination on the same day. In addition, Ireland and the Netherlands announced the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccination on the 14th.
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In the previous week, many places in Europe reported cases of blood clots and even death after vaccination with AstraZeneca. Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Bulgaria have suspended vaccination of the vaccine. Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Romania announced the suspension of related batches of AstraZeneca vaccine. Outside Europe, Indonesia announced on the 15th that it would postpone the AstraZeneca vaccination.
On March 14, AstraZeneca issued a statement to defend itself, saying that its review of the safety data of vaccinators for the COVID-19 showed that there was no evidence that the risk of blood clots increased, and said: “We have vaccinated more than 17 million people in the UK and the EU. All available safety data of the patients have been carefully reviewed. No evidence of increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or thrombocytopenia has been found in any age group, gender, batch of vaccination, or any specific country and region.”
At the same time, the British government is still calling on people to trust AstraZeneca vaccines to avoid stagnation in vaccination work. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported on the 15th that the British Medicines and Health Products Administration recommended that the public continue to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, stating that the existing evidence “cannot explain” that the vaccination caused thrombosis.
Yonhap News Agency reported on the 15th that the Blue House said on the same day that President Moon Jae-in and his wife would receive the AstraZeneca vaccine on the 23rd, hoping to dispel public doubts about the safety of this vaccine. South Korea has now 590,000 people vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine, of which 95% are vaccinated against AstraZeneca. South Korea currently has 16 deaths after being vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, but the epidemic prevention department said on the 15th that it was initially determined that the death cases had nothing to do with the vaccine. According to a Reuters report on the 15th, a Thai government spokesperson said that the same day, Thailand will resume AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccination plan on the 16th. Affected by the suspension of vaccination in many European countries, the Thai government postponed the vaccination plan originally scheduled to start on the 12th. According to Thai officials, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth and cabinet members will take the lead in vaccinating.
WHO: Existing data on AstraZeneca vaccines are being reviewed
On March 15th, local time, WHO held a routine press conference for nCOVID-19 pneumonia. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that some countries have suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as a preventive measure. It was previously reported that the vaccine was inoculated. The patient developed blood clotting, involving two batches of AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe.
The WHO Global Vaccine Safety Advisory Committee has been reviewing the existing data on the vaccine and has maintained close contact with the European Medicines Agency to discuss the issue on the 16th.
(source:internet, reference only)