Update: 20+ countries have suspended or delayed AstraZeneca vaccinations.
Update: Austria withdraws AstraZeneca batch as death probed.
Update: Switzerland bans AstraZeneca vaccine for ALL citizens as Europe declares war on UK jab.
Update: Iceland has become the latest European nation to suspend the AstraZeneca jab.
Update: Sweden and Romania have also reportedly halted the vaccination with AstraZeneca.
The tiny island nation has confirmed roughly 6K COVID cases since the start of the pandemic, which is roughly 2% of the population.
Back on the Continent, the EMA (the European equivalent of the FDA) confirmed that it has counted no fewer than 30 incidents of harmful blood clots in patients who received the vaccine, including at least one case in Denmark where the patient died.
This AstraZeneca story isn't getting enough attention. It's going to undermine vaccine takeup. If people are dying it's a disaster for the company too.
— ForexLive (@ForexLive) March 11, 2021
That doesn’t sound good.
The latest reports say between eight and ten European countries have suspended AstraZeneca vaccines.
Up to A DOZEN European countries have suspended AstraZeneca Jabs after serious side effects
More countries have followed Denmark by suspending approval of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID vaccine.
Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, Luxembourg, Latvia, and Italy have now opted to halt use of the vaccine, creating more problems for Europe’s sluggish vaccine rollout.
The halts follow incidents involving blood clots in patients who recently received the vaccine.
Two incidents were reported in Austria, although Vienna is allowing the vaccine to continue to be used, at least for now. Serious cases of blood clotshave been reported in Denmark and other countries as well.
Writer and skeptic Alex Berenson noted in a tweet that the AZ jab isn’t the only COVID shot suspected of causing harmful side effects in a small number of patients.
Just wait until they hear what the mRNA vaccines can do…
Really, though, the side effect profile of the @astrazeneca vaccine is hardly worse than the mRNA shots, but somehow it has faced much more scrutiny. Follow the politics, I mean science.
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) March 11, 2021
In a tweet confirming the suspension, Denmark’s health minister said there’s currently no way to know for certain whether the cases of serious blood clots are connected to the vaccine, but the situation certainly warrants ore investigation.
“We acted early, it needs to be thoroughly investigated,” he said.
Just days ago, Italian PM Mario Draghi halted a shipment of AstraZeneca jabs to Australia, marking the first time an EU leader invoked rules to prioritize domestic vaccine access.
Now, Italian authorities are suspending vaccinations from a current batch of the AstraZeneca jab following a pair of suspicious deaths.
Source: Tyler Durden