Portugal has introduced that it’s suspending the inoculation of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine as a “precaution,” becoming a member of different European international locations – together with France, Germany, Italy and Spain – in halting its use following reviews of blood clots publish inoculation.
“Portuguese well being authorities at this time determined to droop using the AstraZeneca vaccine towards Covid-19 for causes of precaution and public well being,” Portugal’s nationwide well being authority mentioned Monday in a press release.
In line with the nationwide well being authority, the choice was taken “resulting from reviews of the looks of blood clots in vaccinated folks.”
The choice comes regardless of assertions from the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunizations (JCVI) that the vaccine has been “rigorously examined for security.”
The European Medicines Company (EMA) additionally mentioned Monday that the advantages of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the dangers, including that the variety of folks creating blood clots after vaccination doesn’t appear to be larger than within the basic inhabitants.
The company mentioned it might maintain an emergency assembly on Thursday to advise on “any additional actions that will have to be taken.”