German region asks for clarity over AstraZeneca jab

German region asks for clarity over AstraZeneca jab
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The leader of the German state of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, has called on the health authorities to make a clear statement about the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine, APA reports citing BBC.

Several European countries have suspended the use of the vaccine over concerns about possible side effects, including blood clots.

So far, no clear evidence of the vaccine’s link to blood clots has been presented.

Soeder said people needed clarity, suggesting uncertainty may lead to “a problem with its acceptance”.

“Is the vaccine good or bad? We now need statements that this vaccine is effective and can work,” Soeder, premier of Bavaria, told a news conference on Monday.

Earlier, Germany’s health ministry said it would continue to use the AstraZeneca vaccine, despite reports of side-effects.

It said it was following the guidelines of the European Medicines Agency, which says the vaccine's benefits continue to outweigh its risks.


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