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HSE will immediately begin using AstraZeneca vaccine again when EMA gives all clear

The Taoiseach said health authorities here will immediately endeavour to begin using the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab again if the European Medicines Agency gives the vaccine the all clear following a meeting today.

A number of countries across Europe, including Ireland, paused use of the vaccine in recent days following reports by the Norwegian Medicines Agency of blod clots in a number of patients.

World Health Organization experts yesterday recommended countries continue to use the AstraZeneca vaccine, but said they were looking into its safety.

The WHO, the EMA and AstraZeneca itself have repeatedly said the vaccine is safe.

The EMA said on Tuesday there is no link between the vaccine and blood clots, and urged nations to continue using the vaccine.

The EMA is meeting today to finalise its conclusions on the blood clot issue and “make any necessary recommendations for further action”.

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