By Sarah Keane • 15 March 2021 • 18:31
BREAKING NEWS: SPAIN suspends ALL AstraZeneca Covid vaccines for 15 days
Spain’s Ministry of Health has announced the immediate suspension of all AstraZeneca vaccines as of Monday, March 15. Although some 814,278 doses of the jab have been used in Spain since Friday without incidence, the Health Minister convened an emergency meeting this afternoon to halt the administration of any more of the vaccines for a minimum of 15 days. The decision to temporarily ban all use of the jab comes after several other European countries halted their inoculations over fears of potentially lethal blood clots.
Having previously declared the vaccine safe, Spain’s Health Minister, Carolina Darias, convened the meeting today at which it was agreed that Spain would no longer administer the AstraZeneca vaccine until a thorough investigation into side-effects has taken place. This is in spite of the fact that the European Medicines Agency has insisted that “the benefit-risk is still considered positive” and that “we do not see any problem in continuing the vaccination campaign with AstraZeneca”.
Earlier today, France joined Germany and Italy as the latest European countries to ban the use of the UK’s Oxford University jab.
The European Medicines Authority has recommended the AstraZeneca vaccination programme continues as planned, despite a death being reported in Austria as well as damaging side-effects being linked to the jab.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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