The Associated Press Updated: March 14, 2021

LONDON—Irish health officials on Sunday recommended the temporary suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of serious blood clotting after inoculations in Norway.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer, said the recommendation was made after Norway’s medicines agency reported four cases of blood clotting in adults after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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He said that while there was no conclusive link between the vaccine and the cases, Irish health officials are recommending the suspension of the vaccine’s rollout as a precaution.

Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic authorities have taken similar precautionary steps. The World Health Organization and the European Union’s medicines regulator said earlier in the week that there was no link between the jab and an increased risk of developing a clot.

The U.K.’s medicines regulator, the MHRA, said Thursday that “reports of blood clots received so far are not greater than the number that would have occurred naturally in the vaccinated population” and that “available evidence does not confirm that the vaccine is the cause.” It said people should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

AstraZeneca has produced doses of the vaccine in the United States, where it has yet to be approved. In Europe, 10 countries have halted the use of the jab following reports of blood clots in some people taking the jab. The White House is holding onto some doses of AstraZeneca Plc’s  CCP virus vaccine so they can be given to Americans quickly if authorized by the U.S. health regulator, a top administration official announced.
The Netherlands followed suit late Sunday, suspending vaccinations with the AstraZeneca shot as a precaution for two weeks. The health ministry said the move followed six new reports in Denmark and Norway of blood clotting and lowered levels of blood platelets in people aged under 50.


  1. Lance Wilson says:

    I haven’t seen enough evidence to prompt me to get the vaccine, but I have seen enough evidence to prompt me to not. This is where I’m at right now. At age 35 and in good physical shape I can wait awhile.

  2. Geraldine Sharp says:

    The elderly are by far the most vulnerable. The average age of deaths from COVID is 85 years which is more than two years above the life expectancy. Had the governments imposed measures to protect the elderly at the very beginning of the pandemic we would not have required the vaccine,

  3. Cindy says:

    You would think that big tech, with all its anti-Trump propaganda and the huge donations made to the democratic party, they could have at least found a half decent presidential candidate!

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