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Astrazeneca vaccine: Belgium does not suspend its use

Belgium is following the advice of the Higher Health Council as the list of countries suspending the injection of the vaccine is growing.

Lhe Superior Health Council (CSS) on Monday maintained its decision to continue vaccination against Covid-19 with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Belgium, according to information from the RTBF confirmed in Belga by the office of the Minister of Public Health Frank Vandenbroucke . The CSS remains aligned with the position of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The CSS had met urgently due to a request from Minister Frank Vandenbroucke and the chairman of the vaccination taskforce, Dirk Ramaekers, specifies the RTBF. The question portrays the continuation or provisional suspension of injections of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Belgium. The deadline was set before 1:00 p.m. Monday, explains the public media.

The experts consulted believe “that there is no proof of an increased incidence of thromboembolic phenomenon linked to the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine” and “that the benefit of its use exceeds the possible risks”, writes the RTBF.

The CSS experts therefore align themselves with the position of the EMA, in favor of the continuation of the campaign, while specifying that they would follow the European agency if it were to change its mind.

The CSS also insists on “doing everything possible to clarify the doubts which have led certain authorities to temporarily suspend the administration of this vaccine”, continues the RTBF. Several European countries, including France, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy have suspended the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution after reports of “thromboembolic incidents” among people vaccinated with this product.

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