Countries of the world continue to refuse the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Thus, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Indonesia, and Portugal have joined the Netherlands that have already suspended vaccination.
Moreover, amid massive vaccine refusals, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and WHO are going to hold a special meeting to come to a common conclusion on the vaccine based on the data collected. At the same time, the EMA believes that the AstraZeneca vaccine still does not cause blood clots.
At the same time, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine has called the refusal of vaccination by other countries a fake. The European Medical Association has not confirmed the dependence of cases of thrombosis on vaccination.
The Italian regulator has also noted that no connection was traced between the coronavirus vaccine and the formation of blood clots.
The EMA reported that it has found no evidence confirming cases of blood clotting disorders after vaccination that were recorded in Austria. At the same time, the Austrian regulator—the Federal Office for Safety in Health Care Safety (BASG)—has traced no connection between these complications and vaccination.
In Latvia, due to the decision to temporarily suspend vaccination, there were over 10,000 unused doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. They will be retained until further information is available on the results of an investigation into vaccine side effects.
Australia has said it will continue vaccination with AstraZeneca, despite the suspension of using the British vaccine in European countries. Moreover, the country plans to purchase almost 54 million doses of this medication.
The same opinion is held in Poland. The Ministry of Health of Poland reported that 583,000 vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine were made in the country, while side effects were observed in only 4% of cases.