Many European counries stopped administration of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine after side effects. Denmark, Iceland and Norway have stopped administering the shot while Italy has banned the use of a batch of AstraZeneca doses as a precaution after an unconfirmed number of people developed blood clots. It follows reports of “serious cases of blood clots among vaccinated people,” A spokesman for AstraZeneca said: “Currently, the reactions reported are as we would expect based on the evidence gathered from our clinical trial programme.” Danish, EU authorities launch an investigation. “Both we and the Danish Medicines Agency have to respond to reports of possible serious side-effects, both from Denmark and other European countries,” the director of the Danish Health Authority, Soren Brostrom, said in a statement. On Monday, Austria stopped using AstraZeneca shots while investigating a death from coagulation disorders and an illness from a pulmonary embolism.
Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Latvia have also halted inoculations with the vaccine while the investigation continues. Spain and France, meanwhile, said the AstraZeneca vaccine would continue to be administered to citizens in the respective countries. South Africa halts AstraZeneca vaccine rollout due to a trial showing it was less effective against the South African B.1.351 COVID variant. Many AstraZeneca doses are going unused in Germany due to worries that the vaccine is less effective against virus mutations.