Germany, France and Italy pause AstraZeneca vaccine rollout
Mar 15 2021
"We're scrutinising all the data, particularly the fatal cases that have been reported", the head of the European Medicines Agency's health threats and vaccines strategy, Marco Cavaleri, told the European Parliament's health committee.
An occupational health practitioner vaccinates an employee with a dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine at a health centre for employees of the publicity and communication sectors on 25 February 2021 in Paris.
The Dutch government said Sunday evening that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine would not be used in the country until at least March 28.
Ireland's Department of Health made the decision to defer its rollout of the vaccine even though "it has not been concluded that there is any link between the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and these cases" of blood clotting, said Dr. Ronan Glynn, the department's deputy chief medical officer, in a statement.
He said the growing pace of vaccinations can be maintained and even increased as the USA opens more community health centers for vaccinations and more pharmacies start to administer shots, too. "There literally have been tens and tens of millions of doses of this vaccine administered in multiple countries and this is now only the first we're hearing about it", Bogoch added. "Therefore, the best vaccine for you to take is the very first one that is offered to you".
British officials and AstraZeneca, which is headquartered in Britain, have said there is no evidence that the vaccine is unsafe.
Like the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland is much further ahead in its programme and has inoculated more than 40% of the adult population, relying heavily on AstraZeneca's vaccine.
Australia has secured about 54 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with the majority to be produced by CSL in Melbourne. Independent monitoring boards periodically review data during clinical trials to make sure no safety problems crop up, and can halt studies early if it determines a drug or vaccine is likely to fail or is clearly going to be a success.
"The decision to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine was based on new information from Norway that emerged late last night".
On Monday Indonesia said it would also delay giving the vaccine. "I really hope that doesn't happen, but I think we would be foolish not to plan for that just in case, and so planning is happening", he said.
Piedmont, Italy Sunday said it would stop using a batch of the AstraZeneca vaccines after a teacher died following his vaccination.
Carl Theriault, a spokesperson for CIUSSS West Central Montreal, said the vaccine is safe for use.
The comments came on the same day the EU's biggest member states joined other countries, including Norway, Denmark and Thailand, in suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Governors in some USA states have started to allow businesses to resume normal operations and told residents in their states they no longer have to wear face masks in public.