Next country: Germany is also suspending vaccinations with Astrazeneca
3:54 p.m., March 15, 2021
The corona vaccinations with the Astrazeneca vaccine are suspended in Germany as a precaution. The federal government is following a current recommendation from the Paul Ehrlich Institute, said a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health. After new reports about thrombosis of the brain veins in connection with the vaccination, further investigations are necessary. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will decide “whether and how the new findings will affect the approval of the vaccine”.
Following reports of complications from blood clots after vaccination, the Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland have temporarily suspended the use of the vaccine. Italy and Austria stopped using certain batches.
In Austria, a 49-year-old nurse from the Zwettl State Hospital died as a result of severe coagulation disorders, a 35-year-old colleague developed a pulmonary embolism, but was finally on the mend. In these two cases in Lower Austria, the women concerned had previously received vaccinations from the same batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
AstraZeneca rejects association with blood clots
AstraZeneca has defended its Covid-19 vaccine after reports of side effects. No increased risk of blood clots is seen in connection with the vaccine. An analysis of all safety data from more than 17 million people who were vaccinated with the drug in the EU and the UK showed no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or a decrease in blood platelets, AstraZeneca said on Sunday evening.
Also the SPD health spokesman Karl Lauterbach sees the decision very critically, as he announced on Twitter.
Based on the data available, I consider this to be a mistake. Testing without suspension of vaccination would have been better because of the rarity of the complication. In the third wave, which is now picking up speed, the first vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine would be lifesavers https://t.co/FYhon24KnN
– Karl Lauterbach (@Karl_Lauterbach) March 15, 2021