Italy’s medicines regulator on Monday announced the precautionary, temporary ban on using AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine amid new reports of people developing dangerous blood clots after taking the shot.
Italy’s Aifa said the decision “was taken in line with similar measures adopted by other European countries.”
France and Germany earlier issued similar suspension on the use of AstraZeneca vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
It added that “further looking into the matter is currently underway.” The announcement followed by a day the latest known death of a person in Italy shortly after receiving the vaccine. A 57-year-old clarinet teacher, who received the vaccine in the northern Piedmont region on Saturday evening, as part of a national rollout for teachers, died at home early Sunday morning.
Autopsies have been ordered for that death, as well as to a handful of other deaths last week of others in Italy who had received the vaccine.
France and Germany also suspended the vaccine’s use on Monday. AstraZeneca and global health authorities insist the shot is safe.
French President Emmanuel Macron says that France is suspending the use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine use out of precaution.
Macron told a news conference Monday that French authorities have decided to suspend shots at least until Tuesday afternoon, when the European Medicines Agency will issue its recommendation over the vaccine. He didn’t elaborate on the reasons for the decision.
He said France hopes to be able to vaccine again with AstraZeneca shots “soon.” Other countries, including Germany on Monday, said it would temporarily halt the use of the vaccine as a precaution amid reports that some people developed blood clots after receiving the shot. SOVEREIGNPH