Ireland has suspended “temporarily” and “as a precaution” the use of the anti-Covid vaccine development by AstraZeneca “based on new information from Norway that surfaced last night”. This was announced on Twitter by the Irish Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly. The decision follows the request of the Irish health authorities who had asked the government to stop AstraZeneca as already decided by several other European countries for fears of the side effects of the serum.
“This recommendation was made following a report from the Norwegian Medicines Agency on four new reports of serious blood clotting events in adults after vaccination with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, “explained the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Ireland, Ronan Glynn, quoted by local media.
In Ireland, about 590,000 people out of 4.9 million inhabitants have been vaccinated so far, 20% of them with AstraZeneca. This vaccine has been administered mainly among healthcare professionals since it was initially not recommended for people over 70.