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Sweden, Venezuela Are Latest Countries To Question AstraZeneca Vaccine

Doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine are stored at the Foch hospital in Suresnes, on February 6, 2021, on the start of a vaccination campaign for health workers with the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine. - The top French medical authority Haute autorité de Santé has approved the vaccine for use in France, but only for people under 65, echoing decisions made in Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland over concerns about a lack of data on the effectiveness of the vaccine for over 65s. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Several European nations have temporarily suspended the administration of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine following reports of blood clotting in some patients.

Sweden is the latest European country to temporarily suspend the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca following reports of abnormal blood clotting in its recipients.Venezuela on Monday announcedit wouldn't authorize the use of the vaccine in the country at all following those reports.The Swedish Public Health Agency said early Tuesday, as a precautionary measure, it would suspend the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine until the European Medicines Agency reveals its findings from its ongoing investigation into the reports of negative side effects in patients. The report is expected in a few days.The country now joins several other European nations including France, Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland that moved to temporarily suspend the administration of the vaccine this week.Other European countries, such as Italy, Austria, Norway and Denmark, suspended, delayed or limited the rollout of the vaccine over similar safety concerns.The World Health Organization continues to support and encourage using the injection.The AstraZeneca vaccine, made in conjunction with the University of Oxford, is not authorized in the United States. It is used widely in Europe. Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.