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Netherlands, Portugal latest to ditch AstraZeneca Covid vaccine for under-60s after EMA blood-clot review

Posted On: Apr 15, 2021   |   Posted By: RT

Netherlands, Portugal latest to ditch AstraZeneca Covid vaccine for under-60s after EMA blood-clot review

Portugal and the Netherlands have become the latest countries to restrict their rollouts of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca after a review by the EU's drug regulator found blood clots can be a very rare side effect.
The Dutch cabinet has been advised by the Health Council, a scientific advisory body, to pause its use of the jab in those under the age of 60 in light of the safety concerns, broadcaster NOS reported on Thursday.
The Netherlands' health minister, Hugo de Jonge, has also said that younger people should be given an alternative vaccine, due to their higher risk of blood clots.
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Spain restricting AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to over-60s after EMA blood-clot warning
This is a similar move to the UK, where the government's scientific advisory bodies also recommended an alternative vaccine for 18- to 29-year-olds.
On Thursday, Portugal's director general of public health, Graça Freitas, announced to the media that only people aged 60 and over will be given the Anglo-Swedish...

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