The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday backed the continued use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine despite an increasing number of countries choosing to suspend their rollout of the shot.
European Union nations, including France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, have temporarily stopped using the AstraZeneca jab amid reports that some people developed blood clots after receiving it.
Mariangela Simao, the WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Vaccines, said of the millions of doses given out so far there was no clear evidence of an increased rate of blood clots.
Simao said the benefit of continuing to use the AstraZeneca shot outweighed the risk.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was “routine practice” for the reports to be investigated.