Netherlands suspends use of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine
The Netherlands on Sunday suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of unexpected possible side effects from the injection.
The vaccine will not be used until at least March 29 as a precaution, the Dutch government said in a statement.
Netherlands joined the growing list of other nations like Ireland, Denmark, Norway, which took similar decision.
Three health workers in Norway who had recently received thevaccine were being treated in hospital for bleeding, blood clots and a low count of blood platelets, Norwegian health authorities said on Saturday.
But, no such cases had been found yet in the Netherlands, according to the Dutch Health ministry.
“We can’t allow any doubts about the vaccine,” Dutch Health minister Hugo de Jonge said.
“We have to make sure everything is right, so it is wise to pause for now.”
AstraZeneca said on Sunday a review of safety data of people vaccinated with its COVID-19 vaccine has shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots.