Virus Outbreak AstraZeneca FILE – This Monday the 8th March 20th, 2021, a health care worker shows the media how she prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to be given to a patient at a vaccination center in front of Rome’s Termini train station. Almost a dozen countries including Germany, France and Italy are in use AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine was temporarily suspended after reports last week that some people in Denmark and Norway who received a dose developed blood clots, although there is no evidence that the shot was responsible (AP Photo / Alessandra Tarantino, file) (Alessandra Tarantino)

BERLIN – (AP) â ???? Germany, France, Italy and Spain were the last countries to suspend AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients, despite the company and European regulators saying there was no evidence for the shot there is responsible

AstraZeneca’s is just one of three vaccines used on the continent, but the cascading number of nations sounding the alarm is yet another setback for the European Union’s vaccination campaign, plagued by bottlenecks and other hurdles and way behind lagging behind the UK and US campaigns p

The EU medicines regulator convened a meeting on Thursday to review the results of experts on the AstraZeneca vaccine and decide if action needs to be taken

The excitement comes as much of Europe tightens restrictions on schools and businesses amid rising cases of COVID-19

The German health minister said the decision to suspend AstraZeneca shots was made on the advice of the country’s vaccines authority, the Paul Ehrlich Institute, which requested further investigations into seven cases of blood clots in the brains of vaccinated people

French President Emmanuel Macron said his country would also suspend the shooting until at least Tuesday afternoon Italy’s drug regulators announced a temporary ban less than 24 hours after the vaccine “alarm” was not warranted ???? And Spain said it would stop using the vaccine for two weeks while experts review its safety

AstraZeneca said there have been 37 reports of blood clots from more than 17 million people vaccinated in the 27-country European Union and the UK, the drug maker said there was no evidence that the vaccine had any increased risk of clotting

In fact, it is said that the incidence of blood clots is much lower than would naturally be expected in a general population of this size and that it is similar to other approved COVID-19 vaccines

The World Health Organization and the EU’s European Medicines Agency have also stated that the data does not suggest that the vaccine caused the clots and that people should continue to be vaccinated

“Many thousands of people develop blood clots in the EU every year for various reasons,” said the European Medicines Agency. The incidence in vaccinated people “does not appear to be any higher than in the general population”

The agency said that while the investigation is ongoing, the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing COVID-19, with the associated risk of hospitalizations and deaths, outweighs the risks of side effectsâ ????

Blood clots can travel around the body, causing heart attacks, strokes, and fatal blockages in the lungs.AstraZeneca reported 15 cases of deep vein thrombosis, or some type of clot that commonly develops in the legs, and 22 cases of pulmonary embolism or clots in the Lungs

The AstraZeneca shot has become a key tool in efforts by European countries to push their sluggish vaccine introductions. It’s also the pillar of a U.N-supported project called COVAX, which aims to bring COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries

Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines are also used in the continent of Europe, and Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine has been approved but not yet shipped

In the US.AstraZeneca, which relies on the Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines, is expected to file for approval in the coming weeks

Denmark became the first country to temporarily stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine last week, it said a person developed blood clots and died 10 days after receiving at least one dose, the other countries are Ireland, Thailand, the Netherlands, Norway, Iceland , Congo and Bulgaria

Dr Michael Head, a senior research fellow on global health at the University of Southampton in England, said there was no data yet to warrant a suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine and described the decision as “confusing” “

“Pausing a vaccine rollout during a pandemic has ramifications,” Head said, adding to delays in protecting people and the potential for increased vaccine hesitation due to people who have seen the headlines and are understandably concerned “

The German Health Minister Spahn said of the decision to suspend the AstraZeneca shot: “The most important thing for trust is transparency in ???? He said both the first and second doses would be affected by the suspension

The German authorities have encouraged anyone who feels increasingly sick more than four days after receiving the shot For example, with persistent headaches or punctiform bruises Seek medical help

Germany has received just over 3 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, about half of which have been given to date, compared to nearly 7 million Pfizer vaccines and about 285000 by Moderna

The head of the Spanish Medicines Agency, Maria Jesús Lamas, said Spain discovered its first case of blood clots last Saturday She said the ban was “not an easy decision” because it further slows down the national vaccination campaign, but it was the most “prudent” ???? Approach

Meanwhile, Europe is reintroducing restrictions to prevent a resurgence of infections, many of which stem from variants of the original virus

In Italy, 80% of children across the country were unable to attend classes after stricter rules came into force in more regions on Monday.In Poland, tightened restrictions have been applied to two other regions, including Warsaw, since Paris could be closed in a few days the intensive care units are overcrowded with COVID-19 patients

Sylvie Corbet in Paris, Maria Cheng in London and Frances D’Emilio in Rome contributed to this report

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