Netherlands suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Netherlands suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The Netherlands join the list of countries to suspend the use of Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccines due to concerns about possible side effects.

The Dutch government said the move, which will last until at least 29 March, was a precaution, BBC News reports.

The Republic of Ireland earlier made a similar decision over reports of blood clotting in recipients in Norway.

But the World Health Organization says there is no indication of a link between the vaccine and blood clots.

The announcements by the Netherlands and Ireland followed similar moves by Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Iceland and Thailand.

Read also: Italy set to impose national lockdown from Monday

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) which is currently carrying out a review into incidents of blood clots says the vaccine’s benefits continue to outweigh its risks.

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