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Portugal has announced that it is suspending the inoculation of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine as a “precaution”, joining other European countries – including France, Germany, Italy and Spain – in stopping its use after reports of clots of blood after inoculation.

“Portuguese health authorities have today decided to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 for precautionary and public health reasons,” Portugal’s national health authority said in a statement on Monday.

According to the national health authority, the decision was made “due to reports of the appearance of blood clots in vaccinated people.”

The decision comes despite claims by the UK’s Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) that the vaccine has been “rigorously tested for safety”.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) also said on Monday that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks, adding that the number of people who develop blood clots after vaccination does not appear to be greater than in the population. general.

The agency said it would hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to advise on “any other action it needs to take.”