Netherlands suspends AstraZeneca covid vaccine under age 60
The Netherlands stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under the age of 60 on Friday, forcing the cancellation of 10,000 planned vaccinations. The decision that came into effect immediately was made after the woman died after receiving the shot. The link to the jab has not been proven. Temporary suspensions following similar moves in France and Germany are related to fear of blood clots and may be lifted after a report by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday. By March 28, the Netherlands received just under 2.4 million doses, accounting for only 12 percent of the adult population, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. “There is no doubt about the safety of the vaccine,” said Health Minister Hu Ge de Jongge. “It is wise to press the pause button now as a precautionary measure, as you must be careful.” .. The woman died of pulmonary embolism due to a rare combination of thrombosis and decreased platelet count. Last week, the EMA said there was “no evidence” in favor of limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in any population. British regulators said they had identified 30 rare cases of jab-related thrombotic events, but emphasized that the benefits of covid prophylaxis outweigh the risks. AstraZeneca states that the study shows that jabs are safe, effective and monitor for side effects.