PARIS — France has suspended use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine until Tuesday afternoon, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.
“On the recommendation of the health minister, in coordination with French health authorities … the decision that was taken, in accordance with our European policy, is to suspend, as a precautionary measure, vaccination with AstraZeneca,” Macron said at a press conference at the end of a summit he was hosting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.
Macron said the use of the vaccine was suspended until Tuesday afternoon, when the European health authority, the European Medicines Agency, is expected to publish new guidance on the AstraZeneca vaccine.
France was just one of several European countries to halt the AstraZeneca inoculations on Monday. Italy’s drug regulator, AIFA, suspended the shot “temporarily and as a precaution,” as it waits for the EMA’s opinion. Germany also suspended its use on Monday.
Last week, both French Health Minister Olivier Véran and the EMA said there was “currently” no evidence linking the vaccine to illnesses developed, including blood clots.
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