Germany and France Suspend AstraZeneca Vaccination Amid Side Effect Fears

Germany announced that it would be suspending the use of AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine after several fellow EU states reported cases of blood clots that were speculated to be side effects of the jab.

Germany’s health ministry claimed that they followed the recommendation of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, which oversees vaccine safety.

“Today’s decision is a purely precautionary measure,” said Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn.

The ministry also confirmed that there were seven cases of blood clotting in Germany out of 1.6 million doses that had been administered to its citizens.

French President Emmanuel Macron also announced that their government is suspending the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution.

Macron said they are waiting for the European Medicines Agency to issue its recommendation over the vaccine and that they hoped they could use again it soon. 

Editors Note: Story “GERMANY-HALTS-ASTRAZENECA” corrected on 15.03.2021 13:26 contained a minor typographical error in the headline. This is a corrected repeat.

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