Op basis van nieuwe informatie uit Noorwegen en Denemarken pauzeren we, uit voorzorg en in afwachting van nader onderzoek, het toedienen van het AstraZeneca-coronavaccin voor twee weken. Lees hier meer 👉 https://t.co/hGgiqwrlpu pic.twitter.com/fLrS82Wmrm
— Hugo de Jonge (@hugodejonge) March 14, 2021
- Netherlands Becomes Latest Country to Suspend Use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine Over Concerns of Possibly Serious Side Effects
The Netherlands has halted use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for at least two weeks while an investigation into possibly serious side effects from the jab is undertaken by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
The precautionary decision to suspend use of the vaccine until at least March 28 was based on new information from Norway and Denmark regarding potentially serious side effects in people who received the inoculation, Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Sunday.
“We can’t allow any doubts about the vaccine,” de Jonge said. “We have to make sure everything is right, so it is wise to pause for now.” Dutch health authorities reportedly had to cancel 43,000 vaccination appointments because of the suspension.
Ireland made the same decision earlier on Sunday, suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after four new cases of people suffering serious blood clotting after receiving the shot were reported in Norway. Denmark stopped offering AstraZeneca vaccine jabs on Thursday after some recipients developed blood clots, and Norway followed suit.