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Having read that The Netherlands has also paused Astra Zeneca today ( they had 5 blood clot related 'events' ) could you please provide a list of countries that have either paused or stopped Astra Zenica for use on under 60's?

- 55 yr old woman Concerned

Hi, 55 yr old woman Concerned.

You're right, on Friday The Netherlands temporarily suspended the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people under 60 following the death of a woman who had received a shot, the Health Ministry said.

Dutch agency Lareb, which tracks medication side effects, said earlier on Friday that it has received five reports of extensive thrombosis with low platelet counts after vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine, including in a woman who died.

AstraZeneca said it was working with Dutch authorities to address any questions they had.

Roughly 400,000 people were vaccinated with AstraZeneca in the Netherlands in the period and the reports "seem comparable to other reports in Europe," Lareb said.

I don't have a comprehensive list of which countries have issued some restrictions, but Al Jazeera reported that Austria, Cameroon, Denmark and Norway have stopped using the vaccine, with Romania, Sweden, Spain, North Macedonia, Lithuania, Finland and France were all limiting its use. Germany halted use of the vaccine for people under 60 on Thursday.

Data from the European Medicines Agency suggests the risk of blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine could be up to one in 100,000.

However, acting Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd says investigators have not yet confirmed a causal link with the vaccine, but he says it still poses far less risk than contracting COVID-19.

"At this time the risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19, if we experience another outbreak, especially amongst the elderly and those with health conditions, is far greater than the potential of a clot risk with the vaccine.

"I acknowledge that people will be anxious and we will get more information to you as soon as we have it available."

We will get an update from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) sooner rather than later. The TGA is meeting this morning.

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2021-04-02 21:44:56Z

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