EU vaccine row: Fury as ‘Brussels trashing AstraZeneca jab – yet demanding more!’

AstraZeneca: Ireland suspends Covid-19 vaccine

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The EU’s vaccine row continues to erupt, as the bloc’s slow roll-out of the jab remains a cause of concern among member states. But despite EU countries lagging behind Israel, the UK and the US, several nations have suspended use of the Anglo-Swedish Covid jab, over safety concerns. Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands have halted the roll-out of AstraZeneca’s jab, after serious side effects were repeated. Norway has also halted use of the vaccine.

Norway’s health authorities said on Saturday three health workers were being treated in hospital for bleeding, blood clots and a low count of blood platelets, according to the authorities.

The Netherlands’, Ireland and Denmark have also announced they were temporarily suspending the AstraZeneca shot.

AstraZeneca said it had conducted a review covering more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union and the UK which had shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots. readers have reacted furiously to the EU, for continuing to question the efficacy of the UK’s jab.

Earlier this year, Germany, France, Poland and Austria blocked the use of the AstraZeneca jab in over-65s, after claiming the shot was not appropriate for older people.

French President Emmanuel Macron claimed the jab was “quasi-ineffective on people older than 65”, but later reversed his decision barring over-65s from receiving the vaccine, after new data proved the effectiveness of the shot in this age bracket.

Readers furiously hit out at the bloc for “trashing” the British-made vaccine.

One person wrote: “Here we go again, EU doing their best to trash AZ but still want more.”

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Another fumed: “It’s about time our vaccine was stopped from going to the EU and it was directed to countries that would appreciate it.”

A third said: “They complain that we are stopping them receiving it then we send it, they stop it themselves, the EU are a disaster.”

A fourth wrote: “This has EU conspiracy all over it.

“They are still ranting because they failed to gain control of vaccines to use for leverage.”

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Another user said: “With all the negativity from the EU about the Oxford Vaccine not surprising.

“Will they try and explain their slow rollout?

“Don’t be fooled by this lot.”

The EU’s vaccine roll-out remains slow and drawn out.

As of 11am today, the USA had administered 107 million vaccine doses, followed by China on 52.52 million, India on 29.9 million and the UK on 25.78 million.

By contrast, the whole of the EU – which includes 27 countries – has administered 49.5million jabs in total.

The EU country to have administered the most jabs is Germany, on 8.86 million, followed by France and Italy with 7.29 million and 6.72 million respectively.

EU officials have blamed the slow roll-out on pharmaceutical firms, namely AstraZeneca, for being unable to deliver the number of doses outlined in their initial agreement with the bloc.

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