Denmark has temporarily halted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a prudent measure. After records of a small number of blood clots and one death.
The Danish health officials said it was too hasty to say whether there was a link to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Austria earlier closed using a batch of the drug. Aiding the EU medicine agency to say there was no hint that the vaccine creates blood clots. However, the company says it’s safeness has been analysed extensively in analytic trials.
Patient safety is the foremost priority of AstraZeneca, said a spokesperson. Regulators have clear and stringent efficacy and safety standards for the consent of any new medicine. Besides, this includes the Covid vaccine AstraZeneca.
Peer-reviewed data supported it had been generally well stood, the statement added.
The Danish decision came days after Austria suspended the use of a particular batch of the drug. Because a lady died ten days later taking the vaccine jab. Estonia, Latvia, Luxemburg, and Lithuania have also suspended using the batch.
Moreover, the Danish authorities have paused the use of the vaccine for 14 days. As Health Minister Magnus Heunicke called a prudent step.
Although there has been no link found, the minister said that they must react in a timely and careful way until there’s a result.
The decision of putting a hold on the vaccine in Austria and Denmark is a setback. For a European campaign that has strumbled into life, partially due to lags in AstraZeneca drug delivery.
It was not an easy accord as it was during the biggest rollout in the country’s history. The Danish authority said, adding that it was the most important as well.
How vital are the concerns?
Officials say they have recorded a fatal blood clot in a small number of people who recently took the vaccine jab. It might sound worrying, but till now, there is no link between AstraZeneca and the symptoms.
It was on Sunday that a 49-year old died from multiple blood clots. Moreover, another person was admitted to the hospital for the same in the lungs.
Any recommended medication, including vaccines, bears a risk of some side effects in a few people. But most are usually mild and critical ones are rare.