Countries resuming AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after investigation into blood clots

Countries resuming AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after investigation into blood clots

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ronda
FILE PHOTO: Syringes filled with the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen during a vaccination rollout for teachers in Ronda, Spain February 25, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

MADRID: The European medicines regulator said on Thursday (Mar 18) the benefits of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks after an investigation into blood clots, prompting several countries to say they will resume use of the vaccine.

At least 17 countries had suspended or delayed the vaccine after reports of blood clots in people who have received the shot.

Below is a list of countries and regions to resume using the vaccine:


Cyprus, which suspended the vaccine on Mar 15, will restart administering it on Friday.


French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the country will resume vaccinations with the vaccine.


Italy will resume using the vaccine from Friday, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said.

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Latvia also said it would restart administering the shots.


Lithuania's health minister said the country will restart administering the vaccine and people will be able to pick their vaccine starting Friday.


Spain will resume administering AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine from next Wednesday, Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Thursday.

"The decision was taken unanimously as the benefits outweighed the risks, in line with the findings from the European Medicines Agency," Darias told a news briefing after a meeting with regional health chiefs on the subject.

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Suspended use of one batch of the vaccine on March 7 after the death of one person and the illness of another. That batch was shipped to 17 EU countries.


Halted inoculations with vaccine until the European regulator sends a written statement dispelling all doubts about safety.


On Thursday, suspended use for two weeks after reporting "highly unusual" symptoms in a 60-year-old citizen who died from a blood clot after receiving vaccine.


On Mar 15, Germany paused use of the shot as a "precaution".

The premier of the Western-German region of Rhineland-Palatinate told Funke newspapers that it would resume the shots as soon as the government gives the green light.


Suspended vaccine use on Mar 11 following halt by Norway and awaits results of an investigation by European regulators.


Delayed giving vaccine on Mar 15 while awaiting WHO review.


Ireland expects to announce on Friday its decision on whether to resume the rollout of the vaccine, after suspending it on Sunday.


The government put its vaccination programme on hold on Sunday due to side-effects in other countries. On Monday, it reported 10 cases of noteworthy adverse side-effects from the vaccine.


Halted the rollout of the vaccine on Mar 11, and later said three health workers were being treated for bleeding, blood clots and a low count of platelets. One of the individuals has since died, authorities said.


Temporarily stopped vaccinating people with one batch of vaccine on Mar 11.


Sweden needs "a few days" to decide whether to restart paused vaccinations with the vaccine.


Going ahead with the vaccine on Mar 15, after having delayed the rollout last week.


Venezuela will not authorise the vaccine, citing its "effects on patients".

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Source: Reuters