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Dutch temporarily halt AstraZeneca shots for under-60s

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch authorities mentioned Friday it’s temporarily halting AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccinations for individuals below 60 following stories of very small variety of individuals struggling uncommon blood clots after receiving the shot.

The Dutch determination comes three days after authorities in Germany additionally stopped utilizing the AstraZeneca’s vaccine within the under-60s, citing contemporary issues over uncommon blood clots reported in a tiny variety of those that acquired the shots.

Earlier Friday, a Dutch group that displays vaccine uncomfortable side effects mentioned it had acquired 5 stories of blood clots with low blood plate counts following vaccinations. All the circumstances occurred between seven and 10 days after the vaccinations and all of the individuals affected have been girls aged between 25 and 65 years.


The group mentioned within the interval when the 5 circumstances have been reported, some 400,000 individuals have been vaccinated within the Netherlands with the AstraZeneca shot.

Health Minister Hugo de Jonge says the momentary halt is a precautionary measure.

“I think it is very important that the Dutch reports are also properly investigated,” De Jonge mentioned. “We must err on the side of caution.”

The information is one other setback for the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is essential to Europe’s immunization marketing campaign and a linchpin within the international technique to get shots to poorer international locations, for it’s cheaper and simpler to make use of than rival vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. It comes two weeks after the EU drug regulator mentioned the vaccine doesn’t improve the general incidence of blood clots following the same scare.

The European Medicines Agency mentioned on the time that the advantages of vaccination outweigh the dangers, nevertheless it couldn’t rule out a hyperlink between the shot and a few uncommon sorts of clots, and really helpful including a warning about potential uncommon uncomfortable side effects.

Most European Union international locations, together with Germany, resumed utilizing the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 19.

De Jonge mentioned the Dutch pause comes forward of an replace subsequent week from the EU medicines company on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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