Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) and European regulators reassuring it is safe and expressing confidence in it, many more countries are suspending the use of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine adding to a growing concern about the vaccine Nigeria recently received almost four million doses of.
Germany, France and Italy on Monday joined a growing list of countries to temporarily suspend the administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines over reports of blood-clotting.
The decision by Germany, the largest country to halt the rollout, followed the detection of seven cases of blood clots in the brain, out of 1.6 million people who have received the vaccine in the country, Health Minister Jens Spahn said in a news conference, according to Washington Post.
On Sunday, the Netherlands joined Ireland in suspending use of the vaccine following further reports of blood clots in people who have received it in Norway and Denmark.
The Dutch health ministry Sunday evening said the move was precautionary as there was no proof yet of a direct link between the vaccine and reports of possible side-effects from Norway and Denmark.
While no cases of side effects were recorded in The Netherlands, the government said it would now wait for an investigation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
“We can’t allow any doubts about the vaccine,” Dutch health minister Hugo de Jonge said, according to a report in the UK Guardian. “We have to make sure everything is right, so it is wise to pause for now.”
Last Thursday, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Bulgaria suspended the use of the vaccines as a precaution amid reports of blood clotting in some people who have received it, including one death.