Germany too, suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine over blood clot concerns
March 21st 2021
The Germany Health Ministry said on Monday Mrch 15th, 2021 that it was suspending use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine based on a recommendation of its vaccine agency.
“After new reports of thromboses of the cerebral veins in connection with the vaccination in Germany and Europe, the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) in Berlin considers further investigations to be necessary,” said the German health ministry, referring to a recommendation by the country’s vaccine authority, the Paul Ehrlich Institute.
“The European Medicines Agency EMA will decide whether and how the new findings will affect the approval of the vaccine,” it added.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Monday that a causal connection “is likely.”
Spahn explained that the suspension was a “purely precautionary measure” and added that he expected a decision on the safety of the vaccine to be made by the European Medicines Agency within the next week.
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In Germany, at least seven cases of cerebral vein thrombosis had been reported, Spahn said, and while this is a “very low risk” compared to the 1.6 million jabs already given in the country, it would be above average if confirmed to be linked to the vaccine.
“This was a scientific decision and not a political one. In making it we have followed the advice of the Paul Ehrlich Institute,” Spahn said.
He also confirmed that the suspension affected both first and second doses with the vaccine, adding that second doses could be given after the European Medicine Agency had reviewed the concerns over blood clots.
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