Spain’s autonomous community Castile and Leon have suspended the use of AstraZeneca shots as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has a pending report on the vaccine’s safety, the regional Spanish health authority said on Wednesday.
According to the regional health service, the region will decide whether to continue using the vaccine after the European Union and EMA safety report will be released.
Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya however told reporters that the Spain national government will continue to use AstraZeneca.
“For us in Spain, what matters is what the EMA says, and so far they said that it’s safe and we will continue to vaccinate with AstraZeneca because we trust the experts and the EMA,” she said.
Earlier, Spain and other European countries have suspended the use of the AstraZeneca for few days in March but immediately resumed giving jabs when EMA said the benefits outweighed the risks.
Previous studies said that the AstraZeneca vaccine has no higher risk of blood clots.