After a number of European countries suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, following the reports of side effects, including blood clots after taking the vaccine, World Health Organisation on Thursday (March 11, 2021) asked all countries to closely monitor adverse health effects related to the use of any vaccine.
Countries such as Denmark, Norway and Iceland suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine temporarily after blood clots were reported in some patients just after they received the vaccine. Denmark was the first country to announce the suspension, following which countries such as Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and Iceland also suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine temporarily.
WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) systematically reviews any vaccine safety signals and concerns related to COVID-19 vaccine safety, and meets every two weeks to advise WHO on any new safety signals or concerns related to COVID-19 vaccines.
The WHO said that GACVS is carefully assessing the current reports on the Astra Zeneca vaccine. As soon as WHO has gained a full understanding of these events, the findings and any changes to current recommendations will be immediately communicated to the public.
Vaccination against COVID-19 will not reduce deaths from other causes. Deaths from other causes will continue to occur, including after vaccination, but causally unrelated. As of March 9, over 268 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered since the start of the pandemic, based on data reported to WHO by national governments. No cases of death have been found to have been caused by COVID-19 vaccines to date.