WHO urges countries to continue using AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The World Health Organization now says that Countries should not stop using the AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine over fears that it causes blood clot as there is no indication this is true.

Bulgaria is now the latest country to suspend the use of the vaccine. Bulgaria’s decision to pause its rollout follows similar steps by Denmark, Iceland and Norway as well as Thailand. Italy and Austria have stopped using certain batches of the drug as a precautionary measure.

According to WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris, the vaccine is excellent and countries should continue using it. Other countries, including the UK, Germany, Australia and Mexico, have said they are continuing their rollout.

Around 5 million Europeans have already received the AstraZeneca jab with 30 cases in Europe reporting development of blood clots after administration of the vaccine.

According to reports, a 50 year old man in Italy died after developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

WHO is currently investigating the claims of the same but no relationship had been established between the shot and the health problems reported.

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