Spain’s health minister said on Monday that the country would stop administering the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for two weeks to allow experts to review its safety.
The nation is following the move of several European Union countries including France, Germany and Italy, who have all raised concerns about reports that some patients develop blood clots after receiving the jab.
In a news conference in Madrid, Carolina Darias said that the move to stop vaccinating with the AstraZeneca vaccine would be “precautionary and temporary.”
A handful of Spain’s 17 regions had already stopped giving the AstraZeneca jab, despite the national government’s earlier insistence that there was no evidence to warrant changing vaccine policy.
Both AstraZeneca and the World Health Organization have insisted that the vaccine is safe.
AstraZeneca said there have been 37 reports of blood clots out of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the 27-country EU and Britain.