LONDON – Irish health officials recommended the temporary suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Sunday following reports of severe blood clotting following vaccinations in Norway.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer, said the recommendation came after the Norwegian Medicines Agency reported four cases of blood clotting in adults after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
He said that while there was no conclusive link between the vaccine and the cases, the Irish health authorities recommend suspending the introduction of the vaccine as a precautionary measure.
The Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic authorities have taken similar precautions. The World Health Organization and the European Union Medicines Agency said earlier this week that there was no link between the bite and an increased risk of developing a clot.
The UK Medicines Agency MHRA said Thursday that “reports of blood clots received to date are no higher than the number that would have naturally occurred in the vaccinated population” and that “the available evidence does not confirm that the vaccine is the cause. ”
It said people should still get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked.
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