The European countries one by one halt the vaccination by AstraZeneca vaccine. Previously, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria, Estonia and Lithuania suspended its use, while on March 15th, Germany, France and Italy have temporarily suspended the vaccination with Oxford-AstraZeneca.
The reason of such decisions is the number of cases of blood clots, including lethal, that were reported the last week.
According to the statement issued by AstraZeneca on March 14th, “more than 17 million people vaccinated in the EU and UK with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca … So far across the EU and UK, there have been 15 events of DVT and 22 events of pulmonary embolism reported among those given the vaccine, based on the number of cases the Company has received as of 8 March.”
Despite the reassurance offered by AstraZeneca, Emmanuel Macron proclaimed the suspension of its use up to the announcement of the European Medicines Agency’s official opinion on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the similar statements were issued by German Health Ministry, following recommendations by the Paul Ehrlich Institute that insisted on a deeper study of a potential link between the vaccine and blood clots. In Italy, the decision to suspend the vaccination for 15 days was made by the National Pharmaceutical Agency due to the same safety fears.
The WHO and the EMA have not found any evidence of such AstraZeneca’s side effects like blood clots. Europe is waiting for the results of their studies.
Even if the safety of Oxford vaccine will be proved, anyway such a social stir in all European countries and beyond the EU borders will significantly damage its reputation as well as revenues.
But who is guilty of the big fail of AstraZeneca vaccine? – Probably, Putin as usual.