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AstraZeneca vaccines still administered Tuesday despite temporary ban

Despite stopping the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, some people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with it Tuesday, Dace Zavadska, head of the State Council of Immunization, told Latvian Television March 16.

All family doctors' practices did not receive the information from the responsible services of the Ministry of Health on the decision to suspend the use of AstraZeneca vaccine on time, so Zavadska said that there were places where the vaccine doses were used on Tuesday.

Zavadska noted that it is currently difficult to determine the extent to which vaccines have been used. She also acknowledged that there are vaccination offices where open doses of vaccines went down the drain.

At the same time, the head of the State Council of Immunization explained that the European Medicines Agency and the Ministry of Health have still not approved data on causal association between vaccination and serious health disorders, and Latvia is keeping the vaccine in refrigerators until the decision of the World Health Organization and European Medicines Agency.

“I think there's no one right answer in this situation. I believe that for safety, we can put them aside a couple of days, a week or two, [...] We do not have a reasonable cause for concern,” explained Zavadska.

As reported by LSM, the decision to suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccines was based on reports from individual countries of the European Union (EU) concerning thromboembolism and similar issues observed following the vaccine.

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