Portugal has announced that it is suspending inoculation of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine as a “precaution”, joining other European countries – including France, Germany, Italy and Spain – to stop its use following reports of blood clots after inoculation.
“The Portuguese health authorities have today decided to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 for reasons of precaution and public health,” the Portuguese national health authority said in a statement on Monday.
According to the national health authority, the decision was taken “because of reports of the appearance of blood clots in those vaccinated”.
The move comes despite claims by the UK Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunizations (JCVI) that the vaccine has been “rigorously tested for safety”.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) also said on Monday that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks, adding that the number of people developing blood clots after vaccination does not appear to be higher than in the general population. .
The agency said it would hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to advise on “any further action that may need to be taken.”