The Dutch government decided on Friday that it will no longer vaccinate people under the age of 60 with the covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca in the next few days. Waiting for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to complete the investigation After vaccination, blood clotting was found.
In a letter to the Dutch Parliament, the acting Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge explained that the decision was motivated For possible blood clotting problems This may be related to AstraZeneca’s vaccination, and the EMA Safety Committee (PRAC) is studying possible side effects.
“The key question remains whether these are complaints after vaccination or before vaccination. I think it is very important to investigate the cases in the Netherlands properly. We must proceed with caution. It is very important to press the pause button carefully. Preventive measures. “De Jonge emphasized “There is no doubt about the safety of the vaccine” Used in the Netherlands.
According to the Dutch agency ANP, this decision may paralyze the approximately 10,000 people already scheduled for AstraZeneca injections, although People at risk under 60 will continue to receive Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
The Center for Monitoring Drug Side Effects (Lareb) reported today that it has received Five reports stating that women between the ages of 25 and 65 have experienced complex thrombosis One of the AstraZeneca vaccines with reduced platelet count died of widespread pulmonary embolism within 10 days.
Netherlands About 400,000 doses have been injected so far The vaccine produced by the pharmaceutical company.
however There is no clear evidence that this death is related to thrombosis and vaccination. As PRAC plans to hold a meeting from April 6 to 9 to study these analyses and the research conducted this week, it is working on a connection and is expected to gain more clarity next Wednesday.
EMA repeatedly reiterated You still don’t see a direct link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and thromboembolism casesAlthough it does not rule out this possibility, it still believes that the benefits of vaccination against the covid-19 vaccine outweigh any possible side effects, and the vaccine carries the risk of hospitalization and death.
Germany decided last Wednesday to only vaccinate AstraZeneca for people over 60 Because thromboembolism is actually a risk of side effects of vaccination among young people, Canada sets this limit at 55 years old.