Faced with the mistrust of certain countries, the WHO reacts: “There is no reason not to vaccinate with AstraZeneca”

“Yes we should continue to use the AstraZeneca vaccine,” “there is no reason not to use it,” said Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization on Friday during of a UN press briefing in Geneva.

Denmark, Iceland and Norway announced Thursday the suspension of injections of AstraZeneca’s vaccine against Covid-19, invoking the principle of “precaution”. Bulgaria followed them on Friday.

The Danish National Health Agency, the first to announce the decision, has called for caution over “serious cases of blood clots in vaccinated people”, although “at present” a link between the vaccine and blood clots has not been established.

Earlier this week, Austria stopped administering a batch of these vaccines after the death of a 49-year-old nurse from “serious bleeding disorders” a few days after being vaccinated.

The Anglo-Swedish laboratory and the British government reacted Thursday to defend a “safe” and “effective” vaccine.

For her part, the spokesperson for the WHO, stressed that the experts of the organization were looking at the information of the formation of blood clots but noted that for the time being no cause and effect link has been established.

“Any security alert must be investigated,” she said.

“We still need to make sure that we study all safety alerts when we distribute vaccines and we need to review them, but there is no indication not to use it,” she added.

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