Netherlands stops AstraZeneca jabs for people under 60

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The government of the Netherlands decided to stop vaccination people under the age of 60 with AstraZeneca vaccine, Reuters reported. The decision led to mass withdrawals and some 10,000 appointments for vaccinations were reported by ANP to be scrapped. The decision was made following new reports from medicine monitoring agency Lareb and discussions with health authorities, a Health Ministry statement said.

AstraZeneca said it was working with Dutch authorities to address any questions they had after the temporarily suspencion of use of its Covid-19 vaccine following the death of a woman who had received a shot.

“Regulatory authorities in the UK, European Union, the World Health Organization have concluded that the benefits of using our vaccine to protect people from this deadly virus significantly outweigh the risks across all adult age groups,” a spokesman for AstraZeneca said in a statement.

“Tens of millions of people have now received our vaccine across the globe. The extensive body of data from two large clinical datasets and real-world evidence demonstrate its effectiveness, reaffirming the role the vaccine can play during this public health crisis.”

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