Italy has halted the administration of Astrazeneca’s Corona vaccine nationwide. The Italian drug agency Aifa made the announcement on Monday. The use of the vaccine will be suspended temporarily as a precaution until a decision is made by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the statement added. The decision was made in line with those of other countries in Europe, according to the statement.
France is also suspending vaccinations with Astrazeneca’s vaccine for the time being. France will not use the vaccine for the time being pending an assessment by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday at a Franco-Spanish summit with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in Montauban, southwestern France. He said it was a “precautionary measure” and there was hope that vaccinations with Astrazeneca could resume quickly. Macron indicated he would suspend Astrazeneca until at least Tuesday afternoon.
Previously, Germany had suspended vaccinations with the vaccine. This was preceded by reports of blood clots in temporal connection with a Corona vaccination with the preparation, according to the Federal Ministry of Health in Berlin. This was a precautionary step, preceded by a recommendation from the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), a spokesman said. Vaccinations with Astrazeneca had also been suspended in other countries for the time being.
Vaccine expert Nicolodi: Austria likely to follow suit
Austria will most likely also suspend vaccinations with the Astra-Zeneca vaccine following Germany’s decision, vaccine expert Christina Nicolodi said Monday evening. The steps taken by domestic health authorities would often follow those of the neighboring country.
Thrombotic events after vaccination are so-called “signals,” she said. These signals are used when it is mathematically determined that there is an “upward swing” in the frequency of a certain side effect – a drug or a vaccine.
- source: news agencies/picture: aerztezeitung.de
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