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AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine boxes in Oss, the Netherlands, on 12 February.
AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine boxes in Oss, the Netherlands, on 12 February. Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP / Getty Images

The Netherlands has joined a growing list of countries suspending the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine following reports of possible side effects after inoculation.

The Dutch government said on Sunday it would pause the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for two weeks “as a precautionary measure and pending further investigation.”

The decision came just days after Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said “there was no cause for concern” and that vaccinations could continue. In a statement on Sunday, the Dutch Ministry of Health said its Drug Evaluation Board (CBG) had received “new information” over the weekend.

The statement says no “causal relationship” has yet been established between the vaccine and the recently reported side effects of Denmark and Norway, but that it would pause the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine until March 29.

“The CBG indicates that a total of six new reports of possible side effects have been received from Denmark and Norway. These are rare and severe signs of clot formation (thrombosis) and a reduced number of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). in adults under the age of 50, “the statement said, adding that such cases have not yet occurred in the Netherlands.
“The crucial question is whether these are complaints after vaccination or caused by vaccination,” De Jonge said in the statement. “There can be no single question about vaccines.”

AstraZeneca has strongly defended its vaccine, saying that in a statement on Sunday there were no confirmed quality problems for any batch of drugs, and that “there is no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or thrombocytopenia “received.

Some context: Holland is the last European country partially or completely discontinue the deployment of the AstraZeneca vaccine after reporting patients who developed blood clots after inoculation.

  • Austria he was the first to sound the alarm about the possible dangers of the vaccine, and suspended a batch of doses last Tuesday.
  • Italy banned the use of vaccines from a specific batch of AstraZeneca doses last Friday, after a man in Sicily died of cardiac arrest a day after receiving his first dose of vaccine.
  • Denmark became the first European country to temporarily suspend all implementation of the AstraZeneca vaccine last Thursday, followed by Iceland, Norway i Ireland.

The European Union’s drug regulator, the EMA, is currently investigating whether the shooting could be related to several reports of blood clots.