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COUNTRIES TO RESUME ASTRAZENECA VACCINE ROLLOUT; EU MEDICINE’S REGULATOR CALLS IT SAFE

Germany, France, Italy and Spain said they would resume using the jab after Europe’s medicines regulator concluded that the vaccine is “safe and effective.”

The 4 countries, along with 9 other EU states had paused the use of vaccine over fears of a link to blood clots. European Medicines Agency (EMA) reviewed the jab and has cleared any such link. In addition, World Health Organization on Thursday called on countries to continue using the vaccine, and is due to release the results of its own review into the vaccine’s safety.

Sweden has said it needs ‘few days’ to restart the use of vaccine.

Decision to suspend the use of the vaccine sparked concerns over the pace of the region’s vaccination drive, which had already been affected by supply shortages.

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