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Netherlands and Ireland suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine

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It has been reported that the Netherlands has temporarily stopped the use of the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

In a written statement from the Ministry of Health, it was stated that the Netherlands Medicines Agency (CBG) recommended a temporary suspension of the use of AstraZeneca vaccine for preventive purposes and for further investigation, based on new information.

In the statement, it was stated that Health Minister Hugo de Jonge will follow this recommendation and the use of the Covid-19 vaccine will be temporarily suspended until March 28.

It was emphasized that vaccination appointments with AstraZeneca vaccine will be canceled.

It was shared that new information was obtained this weekend and six new reports of possible side effects were received from Denmark and Norway.


Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly announced that the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine was suspended for “precautionary purposes” as a result of new information from the National Immunization Committee (NIAC).

Ireland Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. “No link has been concluded between AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine and blood clotting. However, the National Immunization Advisory Committee has recommended a temporary halt to the AstraZeneca vaccination program in Ireland,” said Ronan Glynn.


In the statement made by the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), it was stated that “he closely examined the reports” regarding the suspension of the vaccine in Ireland, and it was stated that “blood clots can occur naturally, but they are rare to develop with the vaccine”. MHRA also stated that more than 11 million people in the UK have received the AstraZeneca vaccine so far.

In Ireland, it was stated that approximately 20% of all doses given so far were AstraZeneca vaccine and it was administered to more than 110 thousand people.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, noted that some countries were aware of the suspension of the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and that investigations on this vaccine were ongoing.

WHO Spokesperson Margaret Harris said, “AstraZeneca is an excellent vaccine like any other vaccine used. There is no reason not to use it. We analyzed data on deaths. To date, there has been no proven death from vaccination.” had used the expression.

On the other hand, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Norway and Iceland have suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine so far.

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