Ireland Suspends Use of AstraZeneca's Vaccine

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Has temporarily suspended the use of a covert 19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca, NPR's Jon Hamilton reports. The move is described as precautionary. Ireland's Department of Health took the step after reports that four people in Norway developed blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca shot. The vaccine, made in conjunction with Oxford University is not approved in the U. S. But it has been given to millions of Europeans. It remains unclear whether any blood clots have been caused by the AstraZeneca Vaccine. Ireland's National Immunization Advisory Committee said the suspension reflects an abundance of caution, and both the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization continue to support the vaccines use. Ireland's move came after countries including Norway, Italy and Austria, suspended or limited use of the vaccine.

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