Venezuela won’t Authorize AztraZeneca Vaccine due to Safety Fears, VP says

The Venezuelan government will not authorize the AstraZeneca vaccine after some European countries have suspended their vaccine roll-outs due to possible side effects, Vice President announced.

“Venezuela will not authorize the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the process of immunizing our population due to complications” in vaccinated patients, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on public television on Monday.

“Taking into account the technical difficulties, President Nicolas Maduro had decided… not to approve and not to license this vaccine in Venezuelan territory,” Rodriguez added.

Seven European countries, including France, Germany, and Italy, paused their AstraZeneca roll-outs on Monday, due to “side effects” to the patients.

Venezuela has so far using Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s Sinopharm in its vaccination program.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that its expert group will study the vaccine’s safety, however, the organization’s chief scientist has already recommended continuing the inoculation of AstraZeneca vaccine.

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