List: 16 countries that have suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

List: 16 countries that have suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

Reports of possible side effects of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine have forced some European countries to suspend the use of the jab until further notice.

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This is coming after reports that people who received the vaccine in a number of countries developed blood clots after been vaccinated.

Following these rather disturbing developments, health authorities in various countries have suspended the use of the vaccine pending an investigation to determine whether there is a link between the shots and blood clots.

List of countries that have suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine
Some European countries have suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. Photo credit: JOEL SAGET
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Below is the list of countries that have stopped the rollout of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, according to Euronews:

1. Denmark

This was the first country to announce its suspension after the Danish health authority received cases of blood clots among people who had received the vaccine.

2. Norway

The Norwegian health authority said it would also suspend vaccination hours after the report from Denmark.

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3. Iceland

After Denmark had suspended the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in its country, Iceland followed next.

4. Austria

Austria announced it had suspended the vaccine after a 49-year-old nurse died of severe blood coagulation problems after receiving the jab.

5. Australia

Following the death of one Australian woman and the hospitalisation of another the country's health authorities suspended the inoculation of citizens.

6. Estonia

7. Latvia

8. Lithuania

9. Luxembourg

10. Ireland

11. Netherlands

12. Bulgaria

13. Germany

14. Spain

Carolina Darias, the Spanish health minister during a nationally televised news conference announced that the country will stop using the vaccine for two weeks.

15. France

16. Italy

According to Sky News, the German health ministry said the measure was a precaution amid concerns of blood clots.

Meanwhile, reported that following reported cases of possible side effects of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in many countries, the federal government has reacted.

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The government on Thursday, March 11, said that the country is yet to observe any similar adverse reactions to the vaccine following the vaccination exercise that kicked-off earlier this month.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) issued the clarification in a series of tweets via its official handle @NphcdaNG.

In a related development, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, assured Nigerians that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe.

He said President Buhari did not suffer any side effect after getting his jab on Saturday, March 6. In a series of tweets on his official Twitter account, Shehu stated that Buhari “felt normal and went about doing his job” after he was vaccinated.

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Oluwatobi Bolashodun is a journalist with six years of working experience in the media industry. She graduated from Babcock University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. Oluwatobi is a Current Affairs Editor, mostly writing on political, educational, and business topics. She uses her team spirit to encourage others to work hard.


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