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Ireland recommends suspending AstraZeneca jab over blood clot fears

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This picture shows vials of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Paris on March 11, 2021. – European countries can keep using AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine during an investigation into cases of blood clots that prompted Denmark, Norway and Iceland to suspend jabs, the EU’s drug regulator said on March 11, 2021. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

Ireland’s vaccine taskforce on Sunday recommended temporarily suspending the rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab, following reports of blood clots in adults who received the shot.

“The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has recommended that the administration of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca be temporarily deferred from this morning,” Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer Ronan Glynn said in a statement.

He said the recommendation has been made “on the precautionary principal” after “a report from the Norwegian Medicines Agency of four new reports of serious blood clotting events in adults after vaccination”.

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