The head of Italy’s medicine regulator AIFA, admitted today that politicians had come under pressure to suspend AstraZeneca vaccines after Germany and France made similar moves.
‘We got to the point of a suspension because several European countries, including Germany and France, preferred to interrupt vaccinations. The choice is a political one’, Magrini said in an interview with La Repubblica.
Twelve EU countries have now suspended the use of the vaccine altogether – while other have blacklisted specific batches.
Meanwhile, health experts in Germany and France have accused their governments of playing politics with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which previously faced criticism after being unable to fulfil orders in Europe.
Scientists fear the latest suspension could fuel anti-vaccine sentiment despite the UK and World Health Organization finding there is no evidence of a link to blood clots.
Conservative MP Anthony Browne said European leaders were driven by ‘politics not science’ and that ‘the EU’s Brexit sulk with cost EU lives.’
Of the 17 million people across Europe who received the vaccine, there have only been 37 reports of blood clots which experts claim is well below normal levels without vaccination.