Coronavirus live news: Germany suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine as doctors urge immediate lockdownMarch 15, 2021
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Here are some more details on Germany’s decision to suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine:
The German health ministry, referring to a recommendation by the country’s vaccine authority, the Paul Ehrlich Institute, said:
After new reports of thromboses of the cerebral veins in connection with the vaccination in Germany and Europe, the PEI considers further investigations to be necessary… The European Medicines Agency EMA will decide whether and how the new findings will affect the approval of the vaccine.
These comments are from Dr Frank Atherton, the chief medical officer for Wales:
I had my vaccine last week and encourage everyone to get theirs. Tens of millions of doses of AstraZeneca have been safely given in the UK. Evidence does not suggest it causes blood clots, as reported elsewhere. Your safety comes first – we continue to review all vaccine reports.