Portugal has announced that it is suspending the vaccination of AstraZeneca’s Kovid-19 vaccine as a “precaution”, joining other European countries – including France, Germany, Italy and Spain – of blood clots post inoculation In stopping its use after the report.
“The Portuguese health authorities today decided to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Kovid-19 for precautionary and public health reasons,” the Portugal National Health Authority said in a statement on Monday.
According to the National Health Authority, “the decision was made due to reports of the presence of blood clots in the vaccinated people.”
The decision comes despite the United Kingdom’s Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) claim that the vaccine has been “rigorously tested for safety.”
The European Medicine Agency (EMA) also said on Monday that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine have increased the risks, adding that the number of people who develop blood clots after vaccination does not seem to outweigh the general population.
The agency said it would hold an emergency meeting on Thursday, stating that “further action may be taken.”