Jakarta, CNN Indonesia – Health agencies in Denmark, Norway and Iceland have temporarily suspended the use of the corona virus vaccine (Covid-19) made by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, because there were reports of blood clots.
This condition occurs in a number of people who were injected with the vaccine.
Reported by Reuters on Friday (12/3), Denmark stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine for 14 days, after it was reported that a 60-year-old woman died from a blood clot after being injected.
They stated that in the report on the evaluation results of the vaccine injection there was a possibility of very serious side effects from the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
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According to them the vaccine used was the same as that received by Austria.
The Austrian government has temporarily suspended vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine, as it is investigating reports of deaths due to blood clotting disorders and pulmonary embolism experienced by the vaccinated population.
“At this time it is not possible to conclude whether there is a connection. We are acting quickly and there must be a thorough investigation,” Denmar’s Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter.
Geir Bukholm, Director of Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI), said that he had deliberately stopped the vaccination program using the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precautionary measure. However, he did not specify when the delay would end.
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“We will wait for information if there is a link between vaccinations and cases of blood clots,” said Bukholm.
Iceland said it had temporarily stopped its vaccination program with the AstraZeneca vaccine until it received a report from the European Drug Administration (EMA). The governments of Italy, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Latvia are also doing the same.
EMA stated that until now there was no link between vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine and cases of blood clots in Austria.
According to them, the case was only reported to have occurred in 22 of the three million people who were injected since March 9.
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EMA said they could understand the decisions taken by Denmark and Norway for prevention.