Germany, Spain, France and Italy will also temporarily stop administering the AstraZeneca vaccine, authorities in those countries report on Monday.

As in the Netherlands, the decision is taken as a precaution.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is 'square' behind the waist, and wants to continue to poke with AstraZeneca.

Millions of people in the UK have already been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

"Yes, I can," Johnson said when asked if he could reassure people.

Johnson says the British medicine watchdog sees "no reason" to change the vaccination program in his country.

The German government is following an advice from the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, according to a spokesman for the ministry.

The institute wants further research into the vaccine, after blood clots and platelet deficiencies had developed in vaccinated people in other countries.

Whether there is actually a link between the vaccination and blood clots is still being investigated.

The Netherlands decided to temporarily stop the injection process with the AstraZeneca vaccine on Sunday evening.

According to side effects center Lareb, ten reports of thrombosis or embolism following vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine have been received in the Netherlands since Thursday.

Spain, like the Netherlands, is stopping the injection of AstraZeneca for more than two weeks.

Denmark, Iceland, Bulgaria and Norway have previously announced that they are also temporarily suspending the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution.

Ireland has now also joined that list of countries, while a few countries outside Europe, such as Thailand and Indonesia, made the same decision.

Italian regions took matters into their own hands

In Italy, some regions previously temporarily suspended injecting the AstraZeneca vaccine while the national government was still of the opinion that the vaccine could be 'simply used'.

The government pointed out, among other things, that there is still no link between the blood clots and the vaccination.

On Monday, authorities reported that they would stop injecting the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution nationwide.

In the northern Italian region of Piedmont, a batch of nearly 400,000 vaccines was seized on Monday after a 57-year-old man died following a vaccination.

The cause of death is not yet known.

Smaller shipments of the vaccine were also seized in Sicily after a few deaths shortly after a vaccination.

France wants to await judgment from EMA

France has temporarily stopped administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to await a judgment from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the matter.

President Emmanuel Macron said this.

According to Macron, the EMA will comment on the issue on Tuesday.

However, the European regulator states in a statement that this will only take place on Thursday.

EMA previously ruled that there was no association between a vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots.

EMA carried out that investigation after thrombosis reports from Austria.


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