Covid vaccinations: No reason to stop using AstraZeneca jab, says WHO
Countries should not stop using AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine over fears it causes blood clots as there is no indication this is true, the World Health Organization says.
Bulgaria is the latest country to suspend use of the vaccine. But a WHO spokeswoman told a briefing on Friday there was no link between the jab and developing a clot. Margaret Harris said it was an "excellent vaccine" and should continue to be used. Around 5 million Europeans have already received the AstraZeneca jab.
Bulgaria's decision to pause its rollout follows similar steps by Denmark, Iceland and Norway as well as Thailand. Italy and Austria have stopped using certain batches of the drug as a precautionary measure. "I order a halt in vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine until the European Medicines Agency dismisses all doubts about its safety," Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said.
AstraZeneca said the drug's safety had been studied extensively in clinical trials.
Other countries, including the UK, Germany, Australia and Mexico, have said they are continuing their rollout.
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