In Finland, AstraZeneca vaccinations will be stopped immediately. On Thursday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that the risks of the vaccine do not outweigh the benefits. However, because two recently vaccinated Finns suffered from blood clots, the country wants to first examine for itself whether there really is no possible connection.
On Thursday, the EMA and the World Health Organisation (who) independently stressed that the AstraZeneca vaccine was safe even after additional research. This happened after the use was stopped in many other countries following some reports of a rare form of thrombosis in some people who had recently been vaccinated. However, no link was found between the Thrombosis and the vaccine.
In Finland, AstraZeneca vaccinations have continued until now. However, the fact that two vaccinated Finns received blood clots four to ten days after the vaccine led the country to stop AstraZeneca vaccinations on Friday.
The National Health Organisation THL will look for a possible causal link and resume vaccination with AstraZeneca at the earliest from 29 March. Meanwhile, other suppliers ‘ vaccinations continue in the country.
The EEA continues to investigate the relationship between clots and AstraZeneca, but has not yet found a direct link. “It is really a small number of cases, while seven million people in the European Union and eleven million people in the UK have already received the vaccine,” stressed director Emer Cooke on Thursday.
The WHO reported that the complaints mentioned are not more common among vaccinees than among unvaccinated people. So it seems to be a coincidence that these reporters got their health complaints shortly after vaccination.