Health cops seize suspended AstraZeneca vaccine batch

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(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 15 – Carabinieri NAS health police on
Monday started seizing doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
from a batch that officials in the northern region of Piedmont
suspended the use of on Sunday.
    Piedmont banned the use of that batch as a precautionary measure
following the death of a clarinet teacher after he had the
vaccine.
    Several countries have suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine
or of specific batches of it in relation to fears about blood
clots and other possible side effects.
    Last week Italian medicines agency AIFA suspended another batch
following reports of a sailor and a policeman dying in Sicily
after taking the vaccine.
    They were followed by another officer in Sicily and a school
janitor and teacher in Campania, making six such deaths in all
in Italy.
    AIFA stressed that the suspension was a precautionary measure
and that a causal link between the “severe adverse events” and
the vaccinations had not been established.
    Health Minister Roberto Sperenza has said the COVID-19 vaccines
being used in Italy are safe and the World Health Organization
has defended the AstraZeneca jab. (ANSA).
   

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